Matthew Curtis’ masterful glass sculptures are imbued with interlocking networks of rhythm, harmony, and shining color. Drawing upon a fascination with both architectural and biological forms, the Australia-based glass artist conjures exquisitely-crafted geometric forms from glass, colored oxide, and steel. In creating his complex glass works, Curtis draws our attention to the elemental details of the settings that surround us: the organic within the architectural; the patterned order hidden within the natural world. He is today regarded as one of the most innovative up-and-coming voices in contemporary glass art.
With visual motifs that reference growth, order, and strength, Curtis’ forms allude to structural geometry at all scales, from cellular tissue to vast architectural space. His dynamic sculptures play with texture and transparency in layers of cascading, radiant colors, referencing the built world through the material language of steel and blown glass. Upon close inspection, each finely-considered element is similar but not identical to the next, revealing Curtis’ careful articulation of form through lyrical curve and contour.
Born in Luton, England in 1964, Matthew Curtis moved to Australia in 1981. He began as a glassmaker in 1991, assisting Robert Wynne at Denizen Glass while simultaneously developing his own artistic voice. His work has been included in many private and public collections including the Saxe collection at the De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; the Ernsting Stifting Museum, Coesfeld, Germany; the National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, Australia; and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia.