Michael Matthews

Selected Works


Born Calgary, Canada 1954

Lives Harrogate, BC and Syracuse, NY


1989   Triangle Artists Workshop, Pine Plain NY

1980-81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 03   Emma Lake Artist’s Workshop, Emma Lake SK

1976   Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Calgary, Calgary AB

1973   Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Banff AB

1974   Esquela de Arts Plastica, Guadalajara Mexico

Selected Exhibitions

2011   Colour and Light, Limestone Art Gallery, Syracuse NY (duo)

2010   “. . .” , Gannett Art Gallery, DUNYIT Utica NY

2008   Here and There, The WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay ON

2007   Partners, Art Gallery of Golden, Golden BC (group)

2006   Out of India, The Joan Kukas Rothenberg Gallery, Syracuse NY

2006   40th Anniversary Exhibition, University of Calgary, Calgary AB (group)

2003   Champman Arts Centre, Cazenovia College, Casenovia NY (duo)

2002   Six Alberta Masters, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary AB

1994   Western Corporations Collect, The Edmonton Art Gallery, AB

1994   Gallery 110, Buffalo NY

1994   Gallery Rochon, Toronto ON

1993   Roberta Wood Gallery, Syracuse NY

1991   Gallery One, Toronto ON

1990   Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary AB

1990   Gallery on Whyte, Edmonton AB

1989   Gallery One, Toronto ON

1988   Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary AB

1987   Gallery One, Toronto ON

1986   Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary AB

1985   Wade Gallery, Vancouver BC

1985   Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff AB

1984   Martin Gerrard Gallery, Edmonton AB

1983   Canadian Contemporary Art, the Current Generation,The Edmonton Gallery, Edmonton AB

1981   Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary AB

1980  The Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary AB

1978  The Muttart Gallery, Calgary AB

Selected Awards

1995   First Prize Painting Tenth Annual Canastota Exhibition (Juror: Terry Fenton)

1994   Golden Artists Award Ninth Annual Canastota Exhibition (Juror: Karen Wilken)

1991   First Prize Painting Sixth Annual Canastota Exhibition (Juror: Clement Greenberg)

1983   Alberta Culture Project Grants

1983   Alberta Culture Travel Grant

1976   Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

Selected Public Collections

The Art Gallery of Alberta (The Edmonton Art Gallery), Edmonton AB

The Canadian Embassy, Washington DC

The Canadian Embassy, Warsaw, Poland

The Alberta Art Foundation for the Arts

Petro Canada, Calgary AB

Air Canada, Montreal QC

Nova Corporation, Calgary AB

The Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto ON

Artist Statement

The thing that keeps me going as an artist is clearly the excitement of discovery that one feels on occasion - that giddy experience when all forces of the universe seem to converge in front of your eyes and a miracle has occurred. These "Ah-Ha" moments don't necessarily indicate the completion of a work, and can occur at any point along the trajectory from inception to completion, but they signal a quantum leap in the artist's ability to realize his vision. Understanding the work of other artists is key to this process.