“I am fascinated by the exquisite architecture of cellular growth and how these biologically-derived structures are reflected in our built environment,” says Australian glass artist Matthew Curtis about his work, which is on display at LewAllen Galleries.
“Intersect,” Curtis’s show that opens on June 8, features a selection of sculptures made out of blown and fused glass with stainless steel. Curtis enjoys combining steel, the language of the human-built world, with delicate filaments of glass that reference the complexity of cellular growth.
Curtis works on the various processes of glass making, forming and finishing in his studio and develops his own colors in his hot shop. He uses stainless steel as a “device” that frames and supports the glass structure.
“The simple lines of the steel sympathetically follow the more delicate planes and cross sections of glass,” he explains. “There is a rhythm between the harmonious component parts. Although both materials can appear hard and at times unforgiving, they also provide exquisite detail and transparent delicacy, capturing light and depth for this exploration of intersecting structures.”
Born in England in 1964, Curtis moved to Australia in 1981. He became an assistant to Robert Wynne at Denizen Glass in 1991 while developing his own artistic voice.
Home, which is now in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia, is shared with his wife Harriet Schwarzrock, who is also a glass artist, and their two sons Hugo and Oscar as well as a few furry and feathered friends.
Curtis’s work is part of many private and public collections, including the Saxe collection at San Francisco’s De Young Museum, the Ernsting Stifting Museum in Coesfeld, Germany and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.