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Matthew CURTIS

Luton, England, United Kingdom born 1964


  • to Australia 1981

Constructed bowl (Ruby) 2000 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, glass: blown, constructed; bonded stainless steel rim

Dimensions: 32.0 h x 48.0 w x 48.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2001
Accession No: NGA 2001.44

Matthew Curtis usually works with the technique of cased glass, in which overlays of coloured glass are blown together then carved away to reveal contrasting layers. This interplay between the internal and external 'skins' of his blown vessels is suggested in this large bowl. Differing qualities and forms of glass are used to articulate the tension between the inner volume and outer form of the work. One thousand three hundred tiles of cut plate glass with ground edges have been constructed around an internal blown form of ruby-purple glass, with a stainless steel rim circling the top of the vase. This complex construction exploits the relationship between glass and light to give physical form to refracted colour.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra