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Matthew Browne's work harnesses both the painterly and the theoretical. As an exponent of a contemporary expressionistic style, Browne stems from an artistic tradition that originally privileged the unmediated action of painting as a direct translation of aesthetic thought. However, Browne's work is more calculated reaction than spontaneous, unmediated gesture. In the co-existent forms and luminous colours of his characteristic works,the act of painting itself is celebrated through the careful application of bands of colour to create tone, depth and emotional substance.
Browne was born in London in 1959. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in 1982 and a Master of Fine Arts with Honours at AucklandUniversity's Elam School of Fine Arts in 2000. A committed educator in life drawing, monoprint and colour theory, Browne now teaches the 'Painters Studio' course at Art station. He has held numerous solo and group shows throughout New Zealand, was a finalist in the 2007 Wallace Trust Art Awards, and his work is included in various private collections both in New Zealand and internationally, notably in the permanent collection of the Royal Overseas League,London.