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Biography: Matthew Curtis

Matthew Curtis

Matthew Curtis is repeatedly drawn to the complexity and beauty of the microscopic architecture of living organisms. “I am interested in capturing a depth and complexity to the blown and cast glass components I produce, where the finish of the sculpture captures a veiled aesthetic,” said Curtis. His glass structures invite viewers to contemplate an illusory experience of discovery, a moment of wonder at the complexity of the natural world.

Born in England, Curtis moved to Australia as a young man in 1981. He serendipitously began his journey as a glassmaker in 1991 assisting Robert Wynne in establishing the renowned glassblowing studio, Denizen Glass, in Manly, near Sydney. After winning the People's Choice award for the RFC (Ranamok) prize, Curtis was awarded a solo exhibition. Since then, his work has been included in private and public collections, such as that of Sir Elton John, the Saxe collection at the De Young Museum in San Francisco; The Ernsting Stiftung Museum in Coesfeld, Germany; and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Curtis was selected as one of the 100 artists included in New Glass Now, a global survey of contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass that opened in May 2019.

In October 2019, he was an Artist-in-Residence at The Studio, during which time he created glass structures of considerable scale by focusing on the development and refinement of a large-scale glass membrane.