Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Matt Carney

It was with great sadness that I learned this week of the death of my great friend, the Australian sculptor, Matt Carney.

I met Matt in London when we were in our early 20s. We shared a house together. He was working for Richard Branson's Virgin Group – responsible for designing and and producing architectural and kinetic sculpture and elements of interior design for their clubs, such as Heaven.

Matt returned to his native Australia in the mid 90s, dividing his time between the beautiful Tasmanian wilderness of Bruny Island, and Sydney.

Matt's reputation as a sculptor was continually growing. He was represented by a number of galleries, and had undertaken numerous prestigious large-scale commissions. One of these was his Whale Pod sculpture, near his home at Adventure Bay. The photograph above shows parts of it in progress when I went to visit him there in 2004, and gives an idea of the scale. The finished piece - 3.5 metres in diameter - can be seen here.

Other impressive work can be seen at this gallery.

I'll miss Matt so very much. He combined a deep maturity and confidence in his art with an almost childlike enthusiasm for everything that was going on around him. He was a great sounding-board for my own artistic ideas – an honest critic who would nevertheless always have sometime positive to say.

His premature death is so cruel and unexpected.

He leaves his wife Emily, and young daughter Calpurnia.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Lighthouse

The show at The Lighthouse in Poole opened officially on Tuesday evening.

I gave a short talk during the evening, which I really enjoyed. The idea is to arrange another some time next month. I'll post details of that here when I know.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Breast Cancer LIFE: Poole

My Breast Cancer LIFE show has reached its next venue - The Lighthouse in Poole.

The gallery space is on the ground floor at the arts centre in the centre of the town, and is showing for over a month.

Admission is free.

Click on the post above to view larger.