Wembley artist Matt Wright wins City of Bayswater Art Awards open prize

Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull and artist Matt Wright.
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull and artist Matt Wright.

WEMBLEY artist Matt Wright, who recently won the City of Bayswater Art Awards’ open award, enjoys displaying his collages outside of galleries.

Wright’s FragSML took out the major prize at the awards held on November 18 and is featured alongside other winning artworks at The Rise in Maylands until December 1.

Wright said it was a “massive surprise” to have won the award, as there were many other strong pieces.

“This particular piece was painted from an image that I had created through digital collage,” he said,

“It’s a method I’m still working on, but it allows the rough composition of a piece to be planned, while still allowing for happy accidents once I go to paint it.”

He said he loved it when art was displayed outside of galleries and in local suburbs.

“It allows people who otherwise might never see art in the flesh to have that experience,” he said.

While he was finishing two smaller pieces for a group exhibition with Linton and Kay Galleries in December, he aimed to hold a solo show next year.

Mayor Dan Bull said the talent from the inner-east region was well-represented at the awards.

“The City is very happy to support emerging artists – we believe that art is an important part of the rich tapestry that makes Bayswater an interesting and exciting place to live and visit,” he said.

“We received a record 180 entries this year, with works in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

“It takes an incredibly hard-working group of people to pull together important event for the community to enjoy each year.”