Q&A with 2019 Fringe Poster comp winner, Matthew Clarke

Published: Fri, Aug 5 2022
Posted in General
Matthew Clarke standing in front of his artwork

The greatest heartache is the chance you didn’t take. 

With the Adelaide Fringe Poster Competition closing this Sunday, we take a look back at 2019 poster competition winner Matthew Clarke. The contemporary artist blew away the Adelaide Fringe Poster judging panel and Fringe-lovers with his entry, so we asked Matthew to give a little insight into his journey. 

Read, get inspired and submit your entry before it’s too late!

What were you doing the year you won the Adelaide Fringe Poster Competition? 

I was working in my studio, in the old Fletcher Jones building in Warrnambool. I was thriving in this space amongst other artists. I had just been accepted into the Dobell Drawing Prize at the National Art School in Sydney

What prompted you to submit an entry? 

It was a free competition and still is to enter. Then and now I struggle with making money from art, like 98% of all artists. 

Had you submitted an entry in years prior to winning?

Yes, the previous year I entered in 2017 .

What did winning the competition mean to you?

It meant excitement and recognition. I was overwhelmed when I saw my poster running 30 times in a row in a major street of Adelaide.

Describe Adelaide Fringe in 3 words? 

Fun, mind-bowling and adventurous

You should enter the poster competition because…. 

International and national exposure for your work. The Adelaide Fringe staff are amazingly supportive

What are you doing now? 

I am still painting, drawing and entering competitions. This year I am in the National Works on paper prize. I am working from my studio next to my house. 

You can find Matthew Clarke’s work here: @matthewclarke86_art