Matt Guild

Martinborough artist Matt Guild specialises in Kiwiana art. His prints are of New Zealand family life, rustic rural simplicity and nostalgic every day objects from our collective kiwi history. Guild works with realistic, still-life images that aim to "capture the emotional history of New Zealand". To achieve a resonance with his audience Guild takes ordinary, often seemingly mundane or everyday objects and injects new emotional life into them by positioning them in the more whimsical landscape of our communal memories as New Zealanders. In this realm there exists a constant, internal dialogue between personal experiences of growing up in NZ (memories of trips to the dairy and Jaffas melting in our pockets) and our other, unspoken, 'national childhood'.

Guild's kiwiana artwork intimately visualises those sensory moments from our collective past that bind kiwis together as a nation today. Matt writes "My paintings are about light, shadows, reflections and about the way things look in their environment. I love capturing the detail, the way a certain object looks in a moment of time. Capturing New Zealand kiwiana icons and pulling on the heart strings, helping us to remember where we have come from, this the over all passion of my work. Realism painting for me is about capturing every day bits and pieces, the reality of living." 
Buzzy Bee & Milk by Matt Guild

Buzzy Bee & Milk by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Essentials for the BBQ by Matt Guild

Essentials for the BBQ by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Going to the Movies II by Matt Guild

Going to the Movies II by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Hamilton Beach Milkshake by Matt Guild

Hamilton Beach Milkshake by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Kiwi Breakfast by Matt Guild

Kiwi Breakfast by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Kiwiana Snack by Matt Guild

Kiwiana Snack by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Little Taste of Kiwi by Matt Guild

Little Taste of Kiwi by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Rusty VW by Matt Guild

Rusty VW by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Spaghetti Can by Matt Guild

Spaghetti Can by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Mary Lou Dolls by Matt Guild

Mary Lou Dolls by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Sure to rise by Matt Guild

Sure to rise by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Wine - A Taste for Two by Matt Guild

Wine - A Taste for Two by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Watties Open Lid by Matt Guild

Watties Open Lid by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

VW Combie by Matt Guild

VW Combie by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Essentials for the Barbeque II by Matt Guild

Essentials for the Barbeque II by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Nic's Boots by Matt Guild

Nic's Boots by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Old Rusty (6/90 Wolseley) by Matt Guild

Old Rusty (6/90 Wolseley) by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Missing Down Pipe by Matt Guild

Missing Down Pipe by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Sparkles by Matt Guild

Sparkles by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

The Great Kiwi Debate by Matt Guild

The Great Kiwi Debate by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Matt Guild Kiwiana Print "Tip Top Milkshake"

Matt Guild Kiwiana Print "Tip Top Milkshake"

NZ$49.95

Salt and Pepper by Matt Guild

Salt and Pepper by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

Spaghetti saucy lid by Matt Guild

Spaghetti saucy lid by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95

1955 Fordson close-up by Matt Guild

1955 Fordson close-up by Matt Guild

NZ$49.95