Adele Matthews


Adele Matthews, New Zealand artist, painter, potter and weaver

Painter, potter, weaver and craftswoman, Adele has always had a strong involvement in the arts. She had a formal art training which began at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, majoring in Pottery, Painting, Printed textiles and Sculpture. Adele then completed secondary teachers training in Christchurch New Zealand.

Adele taught Art throughout the Waikato NZ. Taking up weaving and fashion design, which later became a full-time business. In 1996 she returned to teaching Visual Arts, later to become the Head of Art for at Hamilton Girls High School, and Leader of Learning for the Arts at Sacred Heart Girl’s college Hamilton, teaching Painting.

Adele’s work is endlessly changing and developing as it grows in depth and understanding. The natural fascination she has for patterns and colour, nurtured in her weaving days, acts as the basis for the present works. Adele often uses a gridded underpainting in many of the works. This allows her to contrast the natural patterns in the landscape and bush to the heavily structured weaving patterns. Influenced by many aspects of Maori art and craft, Adele relates to the spiritual significance artwork has in telling stories and relaying the emotional impact the land shares with its inhabitants. These characteristics can also be noted in works in other media, such as pottery and sculpture.

  • Arts Post Hamilton group exhibition 2005
  • Arts Post Hamilton Solo exhibition 2006
  • McCaw Lewis Chapman Award 2007
  • Painting and Printmaking Award 2007
  • Exhibited at Pinargan Studios 2008,2009,2010
  • Arts Post group exhibition 2018
  • Exhibited at Pataka group exhibition 2020

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Adele's Insta: adele.matthews

See Adele's entire collection of work available on Figgle here