application for illustrator

antithesis journal / 2019


Matt Chun

Email: hellomattchun@gmail.com

Phone: +61 (0)403 755 672

Web: www.mattchun.com.au

Address: 14 Wallaga Lake Rd / Bermagui / NSW / 2546


cover letter

Hi Clarissa and Kyra!

I would love to be considered as illustrator, to work with the Antithesis team on the production of your 29th volume.

I’m a studio artist, independent writer and children’s author, working from Regional NSW, Sydney and Taipei. I’m currently creating my second picture book with Melbourne-based publisher Little Hare Books, due for release in October this year. My first, Australian Birds, was released in 2018. I have been programmed to appear at Sydney Writer’s Festival in May this year.

As a visual artist, I focus on portrait and landscape subjects in pencil and watercolour, drawn from an exploration of Asian perspective devices via my Chinese heritage. Most recently, my work was shown in a solo exhibition at Sydney’s May Space. This year, I am preparing a body of work for my next solo exhibition, at Pon Ding Space in Taipei, in late 2019.

As a writer, I am interested in Australian national identity and the semiotics of public space. I have recently written for Overland Literary Journal, Meanjin Quarterly and Runway Australian Experimental Art.

Each aspect of my practice requires creative collaboration, high productivity, quality, consistency and strict deadlines. I would love to bring my skills and experience to Antithesis Journal in 2019.

Best wishes for the selection process, and please contact me at any time for further discussion.

Kind Regards, Matt.


Selective cv

Current:

February 2019 / Australian Birds selected as Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Notable Book / Long-listed for the Eve Pownall Award

UPCOMING:

05 May 2019 / Sydney Writer’s Festival

October 2019 / Book Release: Australian Sea Life / Little Hare Books

August 31 - September 15 2019 / Solo Exhibition / Pon Ding 朋丁 / Taipei / Taiwan

RECENT:

January 2019 / Travelogue / working temporarily from Vancouver and Seoul.

November 2018 / Australian Birds Launch + Live Window Painting / Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney / Embiggen Books in Melbourne / The Curatoreum in Canberra / Candelo Books in Bega

October 2018 / Book Release / Australian Birds / Little Hare Books

10 September - 24 October 2018 / Artist-in-Residence and Group Exhibition / Guandu International Sculpture Festival 關渡國際自然藝術季 2018 / Taipei / Taiwan

24 July 2018 / Creative Response / Second Coming / Issue 37: Cinema / Runway Australian Experimental Art / Launched at Kudos Gallery / Sydney / Australia

6 - 23 June 2018 / Solo Exhibition / Still / May Space / Sydney / Australia

03 May 2018 / Writing / Notes on Anzac Day / Overland Literary Journal 

PAST:

10 December 2017 / Writing / A Short Despatch from the Garden of the Generalissimos / Runway Experimental

07 - 25 November 2017 / Group Exhibition / Out of Line / May Space / Sydney / Australia

28 October 2017 / Solo Exhibition / Edges 邊界 / Bamboo Curtain Studio / Jiu-Jiu Lai-Zuo 九九來坐 / Taipei / Taiwan

21 October 2017 / Facilitator / Children's Drawing Workshop / SheZhi Island / Taipei / Taiwan

September - October 2017 /  2 months as Artist-in-Residence / Bamboo Curtain Studio 竹圍工作室 2017 / Taipei / Assisted by Australia Council for the Arts.

29 July - 15 October 2017 / Group Exhibition / Salon des Refuses / National Trust S H Ervin Gallery / Sydney / Australia

September 2017 / Writing / National Accounts Essay / Meanjin Quarterly / Spring 2017 Issue

01 June - 01 July 2017 / Solo Exhibition / An Episode / Tuggeranong Arts / Tuggeranong / Australia

June 20 - 22 / Birds / Public Art Commission for Narrandera Shire Council / Narrandera / Australia

28 March - 22 April 2017 / Group Exhibition / Introducing V / May Space / Sydney / Australia

18 March 2017 / Live Art collaboration with Nexas Quartet / Hotel Hotel / Art Not Apart Festival / New Acton / Australia

17 June - 20 August 2016 / Finalist, Highly Commended / Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize / Bega Valley Regional Gallery / Bega / Australia

2016 / 2 months as Artist-in-Residence / Group Exhibition / Guandu International Sculpture Festival 關渡國際自然藝術季 2017 / Taipei / Taiwan

2016 / Solo Exhibition / 4 weeks as Artist-in-Residence / Far SouthNishi Gallery / New Acton / Australia

2016 / 8 weeks as Artist-in-Residence / Studio Switch / Casula Powerhouse / Western Sydney / Australia


five work samples

01: Australian Birds

Publication (details) / Little Hare Books / 2018


02: Second Coming

Commissioned drawing for Runway Experimental Australian Art (Issue #37 Cinema), in response to Debbie Tucker Green's 2014 film Second Coming

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03: Abdul

Portrait of Abdul Abdullah / Pencil on plywood / 2017

Selected for Salon des Refusés / SH Ervin Gallery / Sydney / 2017

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04: Andrew

Portrait of the late Andrew Sayers / Pencil on Plywood / 2016


05: Far South

Landscape Studies / Pencil on calico / 2018

Exhibited at May Space / Sydney / 2018

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