Matthew Couper graduated with a Fine Arts degree in New Zealand in 1998. In 2003, he was awarded a Royal Over-Seas League International Scholarship to work and travel in the UK. He returned in the following year to exhibit at Jerwood Gallery, London and to continue traveling in Europe. He held his first public gallery solo exhibition with published monograph, The Museum Of Inherent Vice at the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, after receiving a nine-month residency at the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence program in 2007. His exhibition ‘Thirty-Three’ (with gallery publication) toured several New Zealand public art galleries and museums between 2011 and 2014. Recently, Couper has attended art residencies at Arquetopia, Puebla City, Mexico; Idem Paris Lithography Print Studio and Manoir du Bonhere, Normandie, France. His work was featured in a large State-wide survey exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art in 2016 and 2017. He recently completed the inaugural Artist in Residence at aeolian acres/Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado, USA.
1998 BFA, Quay School For Fine Arts, WRCP, Whanganui, New Zealand
1999 DipTchg, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand