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With an artistic practice based on the expression of joy through material and process, Matthew Courtney’s work straddles the line between art-making and play. His work acts as an attempt to reconcile the meanings derived from both form and content. Much of Courtney’s work happens intuitively. With a bit of dark humor the artist draws from his own childhood, while at the same time referencing world politics. His sculptures are both adult and child. Courtney’s work is serious and playful, honoring art history as well as popular culture. The artist often sets out in search for a specific meaning, but final works almost always arrive at alternate destinations.
Matthew Courtney is a ceramic sculptor who has lived and worked in Philadelphia for most of his life. He received his B.S. from the University of the Arts and his MFA at Kent State University. He teaches at The University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts and Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. He has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Artist Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship. In 2000 he had a Challenge Exhibition at Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia PA. In 2015 he was selected by the Dunhuang Creative Center, to spend 2 months of the summer of 2015 in China. He returned to China for two months in 2017. Recent exhibitions include a one person show in 2016, “Transformations”, the 12th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition at The Main Line Art Center, Haverford PA and in 2017 Divergences ” Cerulean Gallery, Philadelphia PA. He is currently studying Chinese in hopes of returning to work in China. Matt is a current CFEVA Visual Artist Fellow.