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Matthew Draper

Matthew Draper
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I identify myself principally as a draughtsman; drawing being the most unencumbered and immediate form of image-making. My work is made with an intense and energetic immediacy, working instinctively rather than methodically, keeping me physically and emotionally involved in the process. I crush soft pastel in my hands rubbing the dust into the paper in wide sweeps of colour gradually manipulating the material to build up a thick layered surface using the ball of my thumb or the heal of my hand.

I am interested in and influenced by the dramatic imagery of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century painting. I admire the idea of the contemplation of landscape in the Romantic spirit, found in the work of the German Romantics like Casper David Frederick and the notion of the grandeur of the landscape as expressed in the work of the American Subliminal Painters like Sanford Robinson Gifford and Frederic Edwin Church. These artists adopted the term ‘Luminism’, defined as light in the landscape and the effect that light has on the landscape and objects within it.

As a contemporary artist choosing to adopt this approach to light in the landscape, my interest is not to make straight forward topographical images that are illustrations of place. Instead I am attempting to make imagery that is descriptive of the circumstances under which the subject is viewed; images which convey a sense of place. The drawings are emotional reactions to events and experiences evolving in front of me; events happening or about to happen. The
1973 Born Stone Staffordshire.
1991-1992 Walsall College of Art.
1992-1995 Falmouth College of Arts BA(hons) Fine Art.
2016 Charles Pears Award, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries London.
2015 The Artist magazine Award, Pastel Society Mall Galleries. London.
2015 Henry Roche Award, Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London.
2013 Orrin Trust Award, National Open Art Exhibition, Royal College of Art London Touring the UK
2012 Pan Pastels Award, Pastel Society, Mall galleries London.
2011 Visitors Choice Award, National Art Open Exhibition, Chichester.
2011 Regional Prize, National Open art exhibition, Chichester.
2011 Elected member of The Pastel Society uk, Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London.
2010 City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.
2010 Buzzacot Award, Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London.
2010 Annie longley memorial Award, Pastel society, Mall galleries London.
2010 Connell and Connell prize, Scottish Society of artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2009 Scottish Gallery Award, Visual Arts Scotland, City Arts Centre Edinburgh.
2008 Shell Premier Award, Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007 Chairman’s Purchase prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition, London. 2007 Anthony J Lester art Critic Award,Pastel `Society, Mall Galleries
2006 John Murray Thomson Award, Royal Scottish Academy.
2006 Cross Gate Gallery Award, kentucky U.S.A. Pastel Society, Mall Galleries , London.
2004 Contemporary Fine Art gallery Award, Paisley Art Institute. 2004 Most popular work in the exhibition, Hunting Art prizes.
2002 City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. 2001 Commendation Aberdeen Artists.
2000 Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, Royal scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Bank of Scotland.
City of Edinburgh, City Art Centre, Jean F Watson Bequest Fund.
Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvin Grove Glasgow.
Paintings in Hospitals Scotland.