Matt Arbuckle

Digression

14 July - 16 August 2015

When he leaves the house each morning Matt Arbuckle takes his analogue film camera and documents his day. Taped to the walls of his studio are the photographs he’s currently working on. Some have ruled gridlines, some have areas distressed with sandpaper, and others are untouched.

Collectively they function as an alternative to the drawing process; tools for navigating light and for exploring relationships of space, line and form.

Arbuckle’s bold brushwork and seemingly spontaneous mark-making draw the viewer into painted spaces where footholds of formal representation are denied.

Matt Arbuckle graduated from UNITEC (Auckland) with a Bachelor’s degree in Painting and he divides his time between New Zealand, Germany and Australia. He currently lives in Melbourne where he has a studio and where his day job is with the National Gallery of Victoria’s installation team.

Arbuckle’s work is held in collections including Chartwell and the Wallace Arts Trust. ‘Digression’ is his first solo exhibition at Tim Melville.

Photography: Kallan MacLeod

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2018
Installation View

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2015
Installation View

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Matt Arbuckle
Trusting Accomplice
2015
oil on board
600mm H x 445mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Victorian Light
2015
oil on board
600mm H x 445mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Minimum Chips
2015
oil on board
600mm H x 445mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Barramundi Scales
2015
oil on board
600mm H x 445mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
No Answer, Call Back
2015
oil on board
600mm H x 445mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Bruised Skin
2015
resin, oil, cedar
600mm H x 445mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Rickers Rokko
2015
oil on board
600mm H x 445mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Ten Seventeen
2015
oil on board
800mm H x 600mm W
CHARTWELL COLLECTION, AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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Matt Arbuckle
Identity Parade
2015
oil on board
800mm H x 600mm W
CHARTWELL COLLECTION, AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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Matt Arbuckle
Red Lines
2015
oil on board
800mm H x 600mm W
CHARTWELL COLLECTION, AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2015
Installation View

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2015
Installation View

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2015
Installation View

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Matt Arbuckle
Staring at the Timber Yard
2015
oil on board
2000mm H x 1800mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Looking Out at Those Looking In
2015
oil on board
2000mm H x 1800mm W
Private Collection

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Onehunga Night Studio
2015
oil on board
1600mm H x 1400mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2015
Installation View

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Matt Arbuckle
Hand Written Ideas
2015
Oil on board
390mm H x 300mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
The Bay
2015
Oil on board
390mm H x 300mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Linear Regression
2015
oil on board
390mm H x 300mm W
Private Collection

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2015
Installation View

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2015
Installation View

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2015
Installation View

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Matt Arbuckle
Digression
July 2015
Installation View