Issue 9
Monday, 19 June 2017
Charles Darwin University
Art student Matthew Grant
Art student Matthew Grant

Apples at core of artist’s exhibition

By Patrick Nelson

Talented Central Australian art student Matthew Grant has lost count of how many apples he’s eaten in the lead up to his exhibition, on show at Alice Springs campus this week.

Probably more than one a day, if the title of his solo exhibition is any indication.

“I had 21 apples set up in my home studio while I worked on the major pieces,” he said.

“They’re half water-colour and half acrylic,” he said in reference to three large works that together serve as the centrepiece of his show.

“There are also some smaller water colours and a sketching diary so you can see how I’ve developed my skills and ideas.”

Matthew who is in the final throes of a Certificate IV in Visual Arts, said that focussing on apples had allowed him to develop his capabilities as an artist and to focus on healthy eating habits.

“I’m a runner so I’m conscious of what I eat. There are plenty of apples in my diet.”

This exhibition will be his final assessment, “I’ll now turn my attention to the Alice Prize. I’ve hoping to get an acceptance this year.”

Matthew Grant’s “More than one a day” exhibition is on display in the Incubator at Alice Springs campus library until Friday 24 June.