The Matthew Couper and Jo Russ Collection
Prologue: The Matthew Couper and Jo Russ Collection introduces
us, as the current residents of Tylee Cottage, to the Wanganui
public who visit the Sarjeant Gallery. The work we collect reflects
our interests, what we do and the culture we are a part of. Many
of these works have been ‘swapped’ or gifted by artists
we know. We have studied with many of these people or become friends
with them. Others have simply inspired us with their work.
Both of us had been collecting art before we met four years ago,
and since then have acquired works we both relate to. We have interspersed
some of our own works in this show to illustrate connections between
these artists and our personalart practices.
Exhibiting the artworks we have collected over the past ten years
in the Sarjeant Gallery is akin to finally seeing the wood for
the trees. Our collection has, over the years, been transported
from flat to flat, hung in every available space, loaned out to
friends and relatives, swapped and traded, laid safe and sound
in folders or tucked into heavy books. Now that we are here in
Wanganui, we are very happy to be able show a large part of it
in this beautiful gallery space.
Matthew Couper and Jo Russ