Matthew Gianoulis - 2014

About the Matt Clark Travelling Scholarship opportunity:

“Last year on the 14-15 May 2015, I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Analogue Digital’ graphic design conference in Brisbane. This is a two-day creative industries and design conference that brings together the world’s premiere creative directors, digital master-minds, street artists, graffiti writers and sign painters. I had been wanting to travel down south to attend a design conference for a number of years, and the Matt Clark Travelling Scholarship gave me the opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams in nurturing my creative skills.

Initially I had wanted to travel to Sydney to attend ‘Semi Permanent’, another design conference on a larger scale. However due to unforeseen events I had to forgo this conference. Luckily enough ‘Analogue Digital’ was on later in the year, for which I was able to book a seat.

When I arrived at the ‘Analogue Digital’ conference I was overwhelmed at the crowds of people who turned up to attend the event at the Brisbane Powerhouse. There seemed to be a real sense of belonging and collectiveness as everyone who was attending were all striving for the same aspirations. To coincide with the conference the ‘IRL Digital Festival’ was also showing at the Powerhouse. The ‘IRL Digital Festival’ was an inaugural celebration of video games, technology and art. The festival took over the venue for 10 days and featured free retro video game exhibitions, interactive art installations, digital-inspired music by Tom Thum and QSO and virtual reality exhibits. This tied in really well with the design conference as parts of the industries seem to cross over.

I am really glad I was able to attend the conference; it was very inspiring and helped put a lot of things into perspective. Over the two days I heard from more than 14 presenters including BASIC Agency’s Matthew Faulk (USA), For the People’s Jason Little and Andy Wright (SYD) and street artist MADSTEEZE (USA).

The conference not only included presentations but there was also opportunities to participate in workshops as well as socialise with some of the design world’s leading artists. ‘Analogue Digital’ was very helpful in gaining insights into the future of design and creative business.”

What has happened since the Scholarship:

“Since attending the design conference, I have continued to grow my business (which commenced in 2014), doing both graphic design and photography. Graphic Design work includes designing logos, brand identities, billboards, invitations, websites and everything in between. Photography work includes corporate profile photos, commercial photography, newborns, maternity, weddings, fashion, product photography and more!

In May 2016 I launched my inaugural solo photography exhibition ‘Beauty in the Making’, focusing on fashion and beauty portraiture. The exhibition was a year in the making and showcased never before seen creative works. ‘Beauty in the Making’ exemplifies the many faces of beauty, and the transformations that can be created with the human form.

‘Beauty in the Making’ was not only about showcasing fashion photography, it was also about the coming together of other creative artists including designers, makeup artists and hair stylists. The finished result of a single photo is often the culmination of 10+ hours work, ranging from research, planning, preparations, photo shoot and post production. This truly makes each piece a work of art contributed to by multiple artists.

My future aspirations are to continue to grow my business and bring high quality photography and design services to the Townsville region.”

Career Highlights:

  • Winning the Matt Clark Travelling Scholarship in 2014
  • Winning the Philip Leong Youth Scholarship in 2015
  • Being published in New York’s Ellements Magazine in 2015 and having my photo also grace that edition’s cover.
  • Winning a silver award at the Queensland Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards in 2016 for the fashion category.
  • Shooting the hero images for the Townsville Fashion Festival, which is used to brand the year’s marketing material.
  • Published in various other publications including DUOMagazine, U on Sunday, Flawless Magazine, Alchemist Magazine and Solis Magazine.



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My name is Matthew Gianoulis and I was born and bred in Townsville.
Since I can remember, I have always had a passion for the arts. This
has stuck with me throughout my schooling years. When it was time
to leave High School however, I wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do,
I did however know I wanted to do something in the creative industries.
It was with this in mind, I decided to enroll in the New Media Arts
course at James Cook University. I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor
of New Media Arts, majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in
Photography and Visual Arts.

After graduating, I held various fulltime jobs in the Graphic Design
industry while doing small photography jobs on the side. It wasn’t until
I was asked to volunteer my skills for the Mercedes-Benz Townsville
Fashion Festival in 2012 that I became more interested in photography.
Since then, I have undertaken a myriad of photography projects ranging
from voluntary to paid.

I have recently made the big decision to become self-employed as a
graphic designer and photographer, this will hopefully allow me to
undertake jobs from both industries at a more balanced level. I am for
the most part, a self-taught photographer specialising in fashion and
beauty portraiture. With my work I hope to inspire others and evoke
feelings of contemplation. I love to create beautiful work and always
aspire to perfection in all aspects of my photography. My inspiration
comes from everything around me and in particular other creatives
with a passion for what they do.


Bachelor of New Media Arts
Major­‐ Graphic Design / Minor­‐ Photography and Visual Arts
Graduated November 2009 (Awarded Bachelor of Coursework Medal)

Awards and Certificates
  • Certificate of Merit for high academic achievement in Graphics and Visual Art | 2006
  • Certificate of Credit for completion of the Drawing principles course at TAFE | 2005
  • Certificate of Participation for Inside Out the photography project | 2005
  • 2nd Prize Winner for the Townsville Young Artist Awards (under 18) | 2005
  • Certificate of Recognition for Education Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Art | 2005
  • Certificate of Merit for high achievement at In’Ages School of Fine Arts | 2005
  • Awarded the Year 10 Subject awards for Graphics and Visual Art | 2004
  • Merit Award for In’Ages School of Fine Arts | 2003
  • Academic Award for outstanding Achievement in English and Art | 2001


  • Philip Leong Youth Program | 2014
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize – Pinnacles Gallery | 2014
  • Culture in the Mix: JCU Bachelor of New Media Graduate Exhibition – Perc Tucker Regional Gallery | 2009
  • Townsville Young Artist Awards –  Perc Tucker Regional Gallery | 2005
Matthew Gianoulis, Butterflies 2014, photograph
Matthew Gianoulis, Glam 2014, photograph
Matthew Gianoulis, Imperial Lace 2014, photograph
Matthew Gianoulis, Sleek 2014, photograph
Matthew Gianoulis Dark Allure 2014, photograph
Analogue Digital and IRL Digital Festival 2015
Analogue Digital and IRL Digital Festival 2015
Analogue Digital and IRL Digital Festival 2015
Analogue Digital and IRL Digital Festival 2015
Analogue Digital and IRL Digital Festival 2015
Analogue Digital and IRL Digital Festival 2015