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?MC: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.
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.
MC: 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.