Matt Pine

b. 1941d. 2021

Also known as:

  • Matthew William Pine

Matt Pine was born in Whanganui, of Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāparāngi, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa decent. He studied at the Schools of Fine Art at the universities of Canterbury and Auckland, as well as the Christchurch Teachers' College before travelling extensively through the Far East, Africa, Europe and the USSR.

Between 1962 and 1964 Pine received a scholarship to continue his studies in London at the Hornsey College of Art and the Central School of Arts & Crafts. While abroad he was influenced by British constructivism and American minimalist sculpture.

In 1974 Pine returned to Aotearoa where his existing minimalist style was influenced by local sites and places. In 1979 he received the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago. Between 1999 and 2006 Pine established Te Wa/the Space Gallery in Whanganui. In 2011 this space was re-launched in Palmerston North.

Pine's work is predominantly abstract and minimal. He makes use of a diversity of media (wood, plastic, metal, stone, glass, cast aluminium and digital) in construction/deconstruction sculpture. Pine is also known for his paintings (acrylic and enamel), drawing and digital documentation.

See also:

Matt Pine (Te Ati Haunui-a-Paparangi, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa), ‘Cone Piece’ (1986), Whanganui War Memorial Hall, Whanganui

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021