Matthew John lake was born in 1966, Perth, Western Australia.Travelled extensively through-out Europe and the United Kingdom in the 1990's. He now resides permanently in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. He studied Graphic Design in the 1980's and graduated with a Degree in Visual Arts from the Western Australian Acadamy Of Performing Arts in 1994. Lake has been involved in 15 exhibitions since, three of them being sold out solo shows. He is represented in collections through out Australia,The United Kindom, Europe and The USA. Lake's work is extensively sought after. His use of bold colour and a variety of techniques expresses his exploration of and passion for any subject matter. Lake projects his strong Australian background through his visual language in the representation of his surroundings, using his strong drawing ability and an extraordinary use of colour.
Biography: MEDIUM; PAINTING Oil, acrylic & mixed media DRAWING Mixed media SCULPTURE Mixed media PRIZES 1996 -WINNER Albany Town Council Christmas Decoration Competition Albany, W.A 1996 -WINNER R & JK Petroleum “ Brighten our tanker” competition VOLUNTEER 1997 - 1999 Produced and aired “ Smooth Radio” for Albany Community Radio, 100.9fm, Albany W.A 2006 Helped paint the set for “Holy Day” Cairns Little Theatre, Edge Hill QLD EXHIBITIONS 2007 Artists of the North Tanks Art Centre, Cairns Aus 2007 Animals in Art Sapphire bar, Cairns 2007 Kick Arts Contempary Art Space Insider fundraising exhibition, Cairns Aus 2006/2007 Cairns Regional Gallery Postcard fundraising exhibition, Cairns Aus 2006 Palm Award Leipzig,Germany 2006 Guangzhou International Art Fair Guangzhou, China 2003 BAYSWATER PRIMARY SCHOOL FUNDRAISING EXHIBITION Bayswater Primary School, Bayswater W.A GROUP 2002 PENRHOS COLLEGE 50th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION Penrhos College, Como W.A GROUP 2001 THE STOLEN SERIES Parap Cosmetic and laser centre, Darwin NT SOLO 2000 THE ART OF PRIDE Throb Night Club, Darwin NT GROUP 1998 SCULPTURE BY THE SEA Middleton Beach, Albany WA GROUP 1997 THE TINMAN New Collectables Gallery,East Fremantle WA SOLO 1997 THE MOMENT OF TRUTH Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany WA SOLO 1995 FIVE DIVERGE New Collectables Gallery, EastFremantle GROUP 1994 DEGREE SHOW Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley WA GROUP PRIVATE COLLECTIONS Australia, United kingdom, Europe & USA TEACHING 2006 DRAWING & PAINTING WORKSHOPS EXHIBITION/BUILDING TECHNICIAN Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns QLD 2003 DRAWING & PAINTING WORKSHOPS Community & Recreation Centre, South Perth WA 8 & 10 week programs , Vocational workshops consisting of 3 Hr blocks, One day a week for a maximum of 12 students. 2000 PART-TIME LECTURER DRAWING & WATERCOLOUR Casuarina Senior College, Darwin NT Designed programs for 11 students. Demonstrated the use of pencil, charcoal, pastels and watercolours. Taught the fundamentals of drawing and conceptualism. 2000 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE “ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM” FESTIVAL OF DARWIN, Essington Primary School The program was created to give school children the necessary skills to make floats for the “ Grand Parade”. The school won $500.00 for their entry. 1998 - 1999 CASUAL LECTURER SCULPTURE/ 3D STUDIES Great Southern Regional College of Tafe 12 students each semester. Demonstrated the use of several mediums including:- clay, plaster, wire & found objects. 1998 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE JEWELLERY MAKING Scadden & Castletown Primary Schools Conducted classes between the two schools over 1 week. 444 students between the ages of 4 - 12 years. Materials included :- string, leather, wire, beads, feathers & Pasta.
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