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Matthew Draper

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The paintings here are the result of him undertaking the short ferry journey from Sconser to The island of Raasay.

Matt Draper has described the body of work following his journey as follows: "Whilst on the boat trip in late October 2019 I witnessed a fast moving cloud structure from which numerous shafts of light descended the light both illuminated and obscured the mountains and the water. This light almost traveled along side the boat as we crossed the Sound it followed us. At points there were numerous streaks of light and at others just a chink or an illuminated cloud or two, I hastily an hurriedly attempted to record this fast moving, dramatic and ever evolving light condition in my sketch book, on my return to the studio I immediately started to make a number of images in reaction to that experience. After witnessing that atmospheric event during that twenty or so minute crossing I made the series which comprises some thirty four pieces. I became absorbed in that series, in particular I became fascinated in the subtle changes within the cloud structure and in turn the subtle effects this had on the land and water."

Matthew Draper is an Edinburgh based artist who trained at Walsall College of Art and Falmouth College of Arts in the early 1990s. Known for making atmospheric and emotive imagery, the subject matter of which is the artist's native British Isles. Matthew has, over the last twenty six years, exhibited widely throughout the UK establishing himself as one of the pre-eminent makers using the medium of chalk Pastel. The artist has produced over twenty one man shows working with some of Britain's most established dealers and has received numerous awards and accolades. Examples of the Artist's work can be found in private, corporate and public collections both in the UK and abroad, these include the collection of The Bank of Scotland, The Huawei Corporation, Falmouth Art Gallery, Kelvin Grove Gallery and The City of Edinburgh. The Artist is a Professional Member of the Pastel Society, UK Visual Arts Scotland and the Society of Scottish Artists.

1973 Born in Stone, Staffordshire
19911992 Walsall College of Art
19921995 Falmouth College of Arts BA (Hons) Fine Art

2013 Regional Prize, National Open Art Competition, Chichester
2012 Pan Pastels Award, Pastel Society, Mall Galleries London
2011 Visitors Choice Award, National Art Open Exhibition, Chichester
2011 Regional Prize, National Open art exhibition, Chichester
2011 Elected member of The Pastel Society UK, Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2010 City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
2010 Buzzacot Award, Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
2010 Annie Longley memorial Award, Pastel society, Mall galleries London
2010 Connell and Connell prize, Scottish Society of artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2009 Scottish Gallery Award, Visual Arts Scotland, City Arts Centre Edinburgh
2008 Shell Premier Award, Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery
2007 Chairman's Purchase prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition, London
2007 Anthony J Lester art Critic Award, Pastel Society, Mall Galleries London
2006 John Murray Thomson Award, Royal Scottish Academy
2006 Cross Gate Gallery Award, Kentucky USA Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
2004 Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Award, Paisley Art Institute
2004 Most popular work in the exhibition, Hunting Art Prize
2002 City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
2001 Commendation, Aberdeen Artists
2000 Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour

Bank of Scotland.
City of Edinburgh, City Art Centre, Jean F Watson Bequest Fund
Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Glasgow
Paintings in Hospitals Scotland
Premier Property Group, Edinburgh
Morton Frazer Solicitors, Edinburgh
Private Collections; Australia, New Zealand, Canada Europe and the USA
Commissioned by The Morton Street Gallery, London for the Caledonia Hotel, Edinburgh

Matthew Draper

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Surrey GU9 7PS
United Kingdom

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