Masterclass Series 2022

The Contemporary Figure: Painting from life

with Mathew Lynn

Saturday 28 May at 10am

$120 including materials and light lunch
The Silver Expanse Credit Mathew Lynn

Join Mathew Lynn in an exploration of the contemporary figure inhabiting a contemporary sense of space and place.

Working in reference to a life model, Mathew will help guide you through a process of intuition, exploration and painting techniques, completing a process of studies capturing the figure or portrait. Working from these studies with the life model present, there will be opportunity to create a larger more detailed painting. Mathew will devote time to each participant catering tuition according to individual needs.

A canvas board size 20”x 16” will be provided along with paper and acrylic painting materials.

Masterclass includes:

  • All required art materials and a light lunch.
  • There is opportunity to advise of any dietary requirements when making your booking.

You will walk away with: 

  • A series of painted preliminary studies in acrylic on paper. A painted canvas board (size 20”x 16”)

Other important information:

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to avoid late starts.
  • Please allow time to find an all day carpark.
  • The Gallery can be cold at times so warm clothing is advised.


Is this workshop suitable for me?

If you are a practicing artist, art student, art educator or someone with an art background/experience this workshop is suitable for you

What can I bring?

  • Old clothes/apron
  • Closed in shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Reference material for background imagery. Note: some imagery will also be available

What’s the refund policy?

Refund available up to 48 hours before the start time of the masterclass.

Please note: when purchasing your ticket, the Gallery absorbs all related booking fees, however, refunds will include the ticket price less the Eventbrite fees (which consists of the payment processing fee and the service fee combined)

About the Artist

Photo Ona Janzen

Mathew Lynn lives and works between Sydney and the Blue Mountains. For over twenty years he has been one of Australia’s best known and successful portrait artists. His practice now focuses primarily on contemporary representations of the figure, the phenomenon of personhood, racial structures in society and the nature of phenomena as meditative experience.

Since obtaining his master’s degree in art from the University of New South Wales in 1996, he has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize seventeen times, including this year. He has twice been Archibald runner-up, and won the People’s Choice Award in 1997 and the Packers’ Prize in 2013. In 2010 he won the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, in which he has been a finalist five times. He has also been a finalist in the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Dobell Prize for Drawing, Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings.

Mathew Lynn is representation by NandaHobbs, Sydney.

Please note: when purchasing your ticket, the Gallery absorbs all related booking fees

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Main image: Mathew Lynn, The Silver Expanse at Nanda/Hobbs (detail) 2020, oil. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.