25 August 2010

What's Next?

Around this time last year I shifted into high gear in regards to the things I wanted to achieve with my art and artistic career. Prior to then I was always a bit of a workhorse, more than willing to put in the time needed to make things happen, but there was a lack of focus. Tightening up that focus led to an even bigger increase in the time and energy I devote to my art, and the last 12 months have been quite staggering. I've had 2 solo exhibitions (with a 3rd happening in a few weeks time), released 2 art books (with a 3rd nearing completion), co-created a new art/toy project in M+M, produced over 200 t-shirt designs, and started building a new art/clothing/accessory collaborative project called 4PMART.

The next 12 months are gearing up to be even bigger. M+M will have it's first official release in the coming months, followed by an exhibition next year. A new graphic novel will be released, a sequel to Lonely Monsters that is very different in story and tone (this will be launched with an exhibition featuring art from the book as well as a selection of Leroy portraits produced by other artists). A new art/story book, something I've wanted to do for some time, will also be released (with an accompanying exhibition). And that's just the stuff I can talk about, there's much more to come.

To everyone who follows my work via this blog, facebook, twitter, redbubble, etc, etc, thank you for your interest and support. And for those in Melbourne, be sure to come along on September 15th for the exhibition I've been wanting to do for a few years now. The Lonely Hunter, featuring over 200 pieces dedicated to Leroy, my favourite creation.

Thanks, Matt

22 August 2010

21 August 2010

16 August 2010

1st Year Redbubble Birthday Competition

To celebrate my 1st year at Redbubble I'm holding a competition, click HERE for all the details.

I'll also be doing a few other random challenges/giveaways throughout the week, so if you want a chance to win some original art of prints then keep your eyes peeled as further details will either go up here on the blog, or at my FACEBOOK page, or over on my TWITTER.



10 August 2010

Exhibition Theft!

I was shocked today to receive a call from the gallery I'm currently exhibiting with advising me that someone had stolen the "Unfortunate Man" custom toy that was part of the show. This was the only thing on display that wasn't for sale, and that's because it was made for me by my M+M art/toy partner KidAkira and I loved it so much that I wanted to keep it in my personal collection. Unfortunately some evil bastard has decided that it doesn't belong with me. I've NEVER had anything stolen from an open exhibition before, it's a startling and sad situation that I hope to never experience again.

I know the chances of me ever getting him back are incredible slim. But if anyone does happen to see him appear in any online forums, ebay, shops, etc, etc please contact me and let me know as it would mean a great deal to have him returned.

This was him, Mortimor - The Unfortunate Man (a now somewhat ironic name)

05 August 2010

03 August 2010

01 August 2010

Exhibition Thanks

Thanks to everyone that came out for the exhibition opening on Friday night. The turnout was great and it was a blast getting a chance to chat with a whole bunch of people that I've previously only spoken with online. The exhibition will be up at the Brunswick Street Gallery until August 12th.

I've been relaxing at home catching up on some reading and relaxing, but will be diving straight into preparing for my next exhibition coming up in September.