25 August – 2 October 2021
Mitchell Fine Art Gallery, Fortitude Valley
Mixed media artworks, sculptures, and couture form part of an inaugural exhibition for Ipswich-based artist Matthew Cheyne. Picnic will be Cheyne’s first commercial exhibition in Australia for almost ten years.
A graduate of the Queensland College of Art, Cheyne has spent much of the last decade living in Germany and France where he held solo exhibitions Cologne, Berlin, and Luxembourg. In 2021, Matthew Cheyne is returning to exhibit in his home state.
Matthew Cheyne’s practice deliberately sets out to create a visual dialogue and actively seeks the viewers participation in completing the narrative.
“I want to make work that presses forward, without sentimentality, but which invites people in and pulls them forward too,” said Cheyne, adding that the end result of his endeavours will sometimes surprise even him.
His latest subject matter occupies backdrops that are somewhat abstract interpretations of the landscape and the environment. The exhibition evokes memories of good times with your nearest and dearest – blankets, sunshine, food, wine, and stolen moments, although Cheyne has a far less romantic and a far more compelling take on the notion in this body of work.
An opening night will be held on Friday 27th August from 6 – 8pm with the artist in attendance. On Saturday 28 August from 11am, Cheyne will present an Artist Talk in the gallery. This is a wonderful opportunity for art lovers to join him as he delves deep into the inspiration for his artistic practice and life. All events are free – however, due to COVID restrictions, RSVPs are required.