Matt Coyle

Matt Coyle is the feature artist on Collate Culture this week.  This Canberra born artist now resides in Hobart and his intricate and detailed drawings using pen on paper give viewers so much to explore.  Matt was kind enough to answer some questions for Collate Culture about his work and about being an artist in the digital age.  Please enjoy his work and words below.

Matt Coyle A Pod 2015, felt tip pen goauche on paper

Matt Coyle Vessel 2015, felt tip pen, coloured pencil, gouache on paper

CC: Have you had any formal training or are you a self taught artist?
I did go to Sydney College of the Arts straight out from school in 1990 – 91. I majored in painting but never completed the course due to my interests in producing a graphic novel – which I set out upon as soon as I left art school.  My drawing technique is completely self taught.
Pen & ink, coloured pencil on paper, Matt Coyle 2014

Matt Coyle 2014, Pen & ink, coloured pencil on paper

CC: What is your favourite medium to work with and why?
MC: My favourite medium to work with is felt tip pen on paper. I love the graphic quality that comes with black pigment ink and the immediacy of the process. Although my work looks very measured there are still elements of risk every time pen is put to paper due to its unforgiving nature. Unlike paint you can’t go over the top of mistakes, so every stroke needs to count. I’ve been drawing with the same pens for about 25 years.

Matt Coyle  Little Big Man 2013, pen on paper

Matt Coyle First Step 2012, pen and ink on paper

Matt Coyle Back Garden 2007, Pen on Paper

CC: How would you describe your earlier pen on paper works such as “Black Garden” compared to your more recent works such as “Vessel”
MC: There’s actually not a huge difference in approach or design to Back Garden or Vessel despite them being about 7 years apart. The obvious difference is the use of colour in Vessel, something I have been using quite a bit in my drawings over the last couple of years. The colour is either gouache or coloured pencil.

CC: Do you think it is easier or harder to be an artist in the digital age?
I think it is certainly easier, especially for artists living away from the big art centres like Sydney and Melbourne. It allows you to have your work viewed easily and quickly cutting down on printing costs and travel in some cases.The possibility of exposure through social media is extraordinary really.

Untitled Pen on Paper, Matt Coyle 2006

Matt Coyle Untitled 2006, Pen on Paper

If you like what you have seen here,  head to Matt’s website and take a look at the story that unfolds in his series of works called The Shades.  Also make sure you visit his facebook page and  follow him on instagram. Matt Coyle is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery in Melbourne and Bett Gallery in Hobart.


Judy Cassab AO CBE (1920-2015)

Sad news this week that acclaimed artist Judy Cassab passed away aged 95.  Judy arrived in Australia in the early 1950’s accompanied by her husband and two infant sons.  They had fled Europe where most of their family had perished in the holocaust.  Judy became well known as a portraitist and she became the first and only woman to date to win the Archibald Prize twice with portraits of Stanislaus Rapotec in 1960 and Margo Lewers in 1967.  Judy was also known for her paintings of the beautiful Australian landscapes and fine drawings of her surroundings. Below you will find images of her works throughout the decades.  Thankyou Judy Cassab

The old stove by Judy Cassab, 1954

Judy Cassab The old stove 1954

Portrait of Judy Barraclough by Judy Cassab, 1955

Judy Cassab Portrait of Judy Barraclough 1955

Stanislaus Rapotec by Judy Cassab, 1960 Archibald Prize

Judy Cassab Portrait of Stanislaus Rapotec  1960 Archibald Prize

Dark Moon by Judy Cassab, 1969

Judy Cassab Dark Moon  1969

Winter by Judy Cassab, 1970

Judy Cassab Winter 1970

Yellow Circumvision by Judy Cassab, 1973

Judy Cassab Yellow Circumvision 1973

Desert Shapes, the boulder by Judy Cassab, 1982

Judy Cassab Desert Shapes, the boulder 1982

Beam of Pompidou across Cathedral by Judy Cassab, 1990

Judy Cassab Beam of Pompidou across Cathedral  1990

Anandamai Ghat by Judy Cassab, 2002

Judy Cassab Anandamai Ghat 2002

Hillside, Rainbow by Judy Cassab, 2003

Judy Cassab Hillside, Rainbow 2003

It is fitting that one of the 2015 finalists for the Archibald Prize is Filippa Buttitta  with  her own portrait of Judy Cassab pictured below

Judy Cassab - Portrait of an Artist by Filippa Buttitta

Filippa Buttitta  Judy Cassab – Portrait of an Artist  2015,  Archibald Prize Finalist