TJ McNamara - New Zealand Herald - Arts - Review of 'Collective'-
Artis Gallery - 21/06/2004
Different scale suits different mediums. Watercolour works in a small format when it is concentrated between sharp limitations and when each work incorporates just one visually appealing, technically clever, gesture.
The 20 works by Matthew Browne at the Artis Gallery until July 14 are all called ‘Collective’, On immaculate paper within the confines of a circle or rectangle one colour is washed transparently across another, exploiting the gradations possible in the watercolour medium. Both the horizontal and vertical swathes of colour are graded in density. The horizontals finish in drips of thick body colour. Each of the paintings offers a deft, intriguing interaction of geometry, colour and cool technique.