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Artist Profiles » Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams Matthew Williams allows nature to speak for itself. He uses the form already existing in the wood and works into it, retaining the piece’s original identity. He views his work as a celebration of the aw-inspiring diversity of forms created in wood by the natural world, giving a voice to a piece otherwise passed by. He has been enchanted with wood and its properties from as young as twelve years old and took up a professional aspect to this fascination when he was eighteen. Relocated to New Zealand about two and a half years ago, he is exploring the native timbers and finding new expression in driftwood and salvaged timbers. His work becomes a diary of his discovery of the country and its bewitching beaches. Matthew operates from his home and studio in Little Huia surrounded by some of the finest natural beauty the Auckland area has to offer, he works in all shapes and sizes hand made and completely individual pieces, and will undertake commissions as per a clients request if asked. He has pieces in collections in Dubai (The crown prince), UK, Canada and New Zealand.

Matthew Started woodturning when he was 16 whilst still at collage. With in a year he had bought his own lathe and started to produce his own brand of wood craft. He used his woodcraft to pay his way throw university. After a spell of selling throw craft fairs and the odd gallery he started to undertake commissions mainly in burr oak and elm. After working in London for several years as a model maker, he was offered a position in Dubai and always after a new challenge packed a bag and went. During his time in Dubai Matthew meet his partner and constant source of inspiration Anneke Bester a sculptor and painter. Throw her his work was bought no to a majlis project for the crown prince of Dubai and two pieces were bought for the internal collection. In June 2008 Matthew and Anneke again decided to relocate and this time they chose to move to New Zealand since then Matthew has been reestablishing him self and has pieces in several galleries in Auckland and has sold pieces to The Kauri Museum in the far north. In 2010 Matthew took part in the Low Flying Cars Symposium, the Huia Infusuion and had four pieces excepted by the Kaipara Sculpture Gardens. In 2011 Matthew took part in Wood suclpture live in Takapuna. His piece title “Equliburm” won second place.

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