Art News

- The Percival 2022 - FINALIST -

I am excited to be selected as a finalist for the Percival 2022 art prize.

EXHIBITION:  23 April – 3 July 2022

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 

Painting “Contactless” oil on canvas.

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- Into the Light Art Prize 2021 - FINALIST -

Really happy to be selected as a finalist of the inaugural “Into the Light” art prize with my painting Skin Hunger.

The thematic of the competition is mental health, a subject dear to me that I touched  in my recent exhibition “The Cure”.

We don’t speak enough about this… The current situation is an example of how our society is so poorly oriented in thematic related to the mind and emotions.

More information at Whitewall Art Projects.

Painting “Skin Hunger” pigments on cotton.

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- KILGOUR prize 2021 - FINALIST -

I am excited to announce I have been selected as a finalist for the prestigious KILGOUR  Prize 2021. 

Location: Newcastle Art Gallery.

Painting “Blessed” oil on linen.

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- McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award - FINALIST -

I am  excited to announce I have been selected as a finalist for the McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award. McClelland Park Gallery, Langwarrin, Victoria.


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- Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2020 - FINALIST -

I am  excited to announce I have been selected as a finalist for the FGAA 2020 for the second year in a row.

Exhibition open to the public Saturday 31 October  – Friday 11 December 2020

Painting: The Cure, watercolour and pigments on cotton,  100 x 100 cm 

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Here you can find a conversation I had with Elizabeth Walton.

We discussed art and my personal approach on portraying my subjects. What the term realism means for me and my recent painting for the Shirley Hannan.

Click on the image below for the full interview.

New Exhibition by Matteo Bernasconi
in collaboration with Art Month Sydney 2020


Peach Black Gallery, 97 Regent Street, Chippendale

Homo sapiens will explore thematics about human condition from the advantageous point of view of our most recent fears and experiences.


I am thrilled to be chosen again as a finalist for my favourite Art Prize – The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award. This is Carl Vine, one of Australia’s most celebrated composers. It was great spending time with Carl where I got to know a lot about his life, his music and art. Very excited to be heading back to Bega in July.
Composing, Carl Vine. Oil on canvas.

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Excited to announce my painting “The being of an Artist” has been chosen as a FINALIST for the Percival. The painting will be exhibited at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery from Friday 22 May until Sunday 19 July 2020.

The painting was also chosen as the hero image for the exhibition. 

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- Interview - BlueBee London -

– I have been recently interviewed by the London publication BlueBee.

- Mosman Art Prize - FINALIST

I am extremely excited to announce I have been selected as a finalist for the Mosman Art Prize Australia’s oldest and most prestigious local government art award.

The inaugural winner in 1947 was a young Margaret Olley. Since the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon. The 2019 Mosman Art Prize will be judged by artist and former Mosman Art Prize winner Guan Wei.

Opening night Tuesday 10 September. 

Exhibition Wednesday 11 September – Sunday 27 October

Location: Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman

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- Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2019 - FINALIST

I am  excited to announce I have been selected as a finalist for the Selected for the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2019,  Campbelltown Art Center.

Opening night Friday 1 November

Exhibition Wednesday 11 September – Sunday 27 October

Location: CAC Campbelltown Art Center.

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- Naked and Nude Art Prize - FINALIST

I am excited to announce  I  have been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Naked & Nude Art Prize at Manning Regional Art Gallery, Opening night Saturday 7 September

The competition highlight the diversity of approaches to the representation of the human form by contemporary artists in Australia. The winner of the prize will receive $30,000 prize money and the winning artwork becomes part of the Gallery’s collection. The judge for the 2019 award is Denise Mimmocchi, Senior Curator Australian Art at the Art Gallery NSW, with the winner announced at the Gala Opening event Saturday 7 September 6.30 pm.

Opening night Saturday 7 Sep

Exhibition dates 7 September – 26 October 2019

Location: Manning Regional Art Gallery

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- Metamorphosis - NEW EXHIBITION

Join us Thursday 28 March for what promises to be a special night, with the opening night of Metamorphosis by Matteo Bernasconi, part of Sydney Art Month 2019 and coinciding with the first night of Art Month Chippendale!

For this special occasion, Peach Black Gallery will open its doors until late for another exciting event! Matteo’s exhibition Metamorphosis is inspired by the book of Franz Kafka. The work investigates the transformation and the changes that occur in each of us throughout our life span. Metamorphosis can occur at different levels – physically and mentally, and is a transformation that provides an escape from a trap that oneself can be caught in. Matteo Bernasconi describes the hidden depths of humans. There is an emphasis on duality in peoples personas which is a reoccurring characteristic in each artwork. He shows not only the mere physical appearance, the facade, but he focuses on unveiling something else, unseen beneath the surface. He exposes what the subject is, not who the subject is.

Metamorphosis is composed of an extensive range of works, it has been realised in 2 years time and it includes more than 30 artworks in different mediums. 

Don’t miss it.  

Opening night Thursday 28 March from 6pm till late! In collaboration with Art Month 2019

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Exhibiton dates 28 March – 19 May

Location: Peach Black Gallery 

97 Regent Street, Chippendale, Sydney


I am excited to announce I have been selected for the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery.

One of Australia’s most loved and richest portrait awards, the biennial Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award celebrates realistic portraiture.

Opening night Thursday 27 Octfrom 6pm till late! In collaboration with Art Month 2019

Exhibiton dates 27 October – 8 December 2018

Location: Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery

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