Curios About: Harcourt Street by Francis Matthews

Harcourt Street By Francis Matthews Oil on canvas, 80cm x 120cm

1. This work is about … the role that light plays in the perception of the spaces. The places I explore are usually away from main roads (or during moments of silence in busier locations) and usually at night when the way light is working on the surfaces and textures of the city is very particular and defines a strong atmosphere.

2. I made this work because … I was drawn to the curve of Harcourt Street. As you walk along the street the end is hidden because it curves; it continuously reveals and feels like it could keep doing so (but ultimately doesn’t). I also liked that there were very regular formal Georgian facades on the street that all had individual variety in their signage, lighting, bunting etc. This variety in lighting emerges strongly at night and highlights the textures of the street in a very specific way.

3. I hope when people see this work they will … be drawn to places in the city and aspects of their surroundings that they wouldn’t normally pay attention to.

4. In terms of art history, this work … is related to photorealism. I work from photos I take around the city at night. But the compositions can have a more abstract/graphic quality to them.

5. You can see my work … in the Molesworth Gallery from 10-30 November. Also at

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