Matthew Perceval was born in Melbourne in 1945.
He left Australia in 1962 for Europe to pursue a career in Art.
Lived and worked in London 1965-1967, the South of France 1967-1978 and Paris 1978-1981.
During this time he undertook numerous painting trips throughout Europe and North Africa.
In 1981 he returned to Australia and settled with his family in Newcastle.
Matthew Perceval exhibited for the very first time at the Karoly Foundation in Vence in 1968. Since then he has held over 30 solo exhibitions and has participated in many group shows including; Salon d'Autumne and Salon de Mai, Grand Palais, Paris, Australian Artists of Fame and Promise, NSW House, London, Shifting Ground exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW, Nobbys Collection, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, to name but a few.
His work is represented in public-corporate and private collections in many parts of the world.
1984 1st Broome/Kimberley series of 30 paintings commissioned by Lord Alister McAlpine
1985-87 Painting trip, Flinders-Central Australia, Queensland
1989 Travelled to Rajastan, India with fellow painter Satsh Kumar Sharma
1990 Newcastle Earthquake triptych
1990-91 Fish Series
1993 Elergies Series, paintings and ceramic platters
1993-94 Documentary “The Painters Moon “ with Kim Goodachre for SBS Television
1995 Industrial Landscapes, Newcastle
1997-98 Landscapes, Kimberley
1998 Sydney City Landscapes
2000 Studio at Cite des Arts, Paris
2001-02 Aspects of Australian Landscapes
2003-04 New Landscape Impressions
2005-07 Preparation of Portrait Exhibition
2007-08 Matthew Perceval Portraits, exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2008 Pere Lachaise series, Paris
2009 Harbour Reflections, Newcastle
2010 Portrait Paintings exhibition, Newcastle Region Art Gallery
2010 Painting trip, Menindee Lakes