Matthew Cheyne is an Australian artist, working in oil painting, drawing and sculpture. He graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2001, having also studied film, and literature.
Matthew Cheyne's work is part oil painting, part hyper-colour drawing. Subjects as diverse as volcanoes, street hawkers and looters are rendered with the same dark humour. “I want to make work that presses forward, without sentimentality, but which invites people in and pulls them forward too.” Cheyne’s painting is full of that urgency, fuelled by the artist’s need for reinvention.
Though a figurative painter at heart, his latest subjects inhabit deliciously tonal, abstracted backgrounds, inviting the viewer to flesh out the scene. The effect is deliberate. “It’s a move that frees me of some of the more rational symbolism of my earlier work. My art has become much more about my own internal world, but I’d like the viewer to be complicit.” In embracing a more intuitive approach, Cheyne allows his own work to surprise him.
Matthew Cheyne has spent much of the last decade living in Germany and France and has had solo exhibitions in Cologne, Berlin and Luxembourg. In Australia, his work has been shown at Casula Powerhouse in Sydney and at the Australian National Archives in Canberra, as well as with numerous commercial and public galleries.
Matthew’s drawing is the subject of a book entitled “Theory of Flaw”, published by Capital P. He was recently part of an artist exchange to Sichuan, China, completing work for Pengzhou City’s permanent collection. His work is in collections in Australia, Malaysia, France, Germany, China and the United States.