Amanda Anderson has studied drawing and oil painting with Trevor Newman and pen and wash with John Mathieson. She is a member of AAS and has attended numerous workshops with Australian and overseas artists in both oil and watercolour. More recently her affection for dogs and passion for drawing has culminated in dog portraits. Pastel is the perfect medium to capture their expression and bring their eyes to life. She is “drawn to dogs.”
My passion for abstraction presents a fluid and organic aesthetic that is thought provoking and evocative.
My large scale works in acrylic have been acquired by corporate institutions worldwide, including an Australian High Commission, and are now in many homes and private collections across Australia, America, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Singapore.
I aim to communicate a diverse array of emotions through my art, drawing inspiration from the breath-taking and ever-changing view from my studio in the Adelaide Hills.
James McFarlane was born in Mildura, Victoria and grew up in the Riverland, South Australia. In 2005 he relocated to Adelaide to begin studies in Hotel Management. After completion he began employment within the private establishment clubs of Adelaide as a steward, working his way up to a management position; It was here, surrounded by both traditional and contemporary fine art that his appreciation for painting was realised, with exceptional artists and their collections becoming the backdrop to his everyday working environment.
In 2014 James acquired his first studio space at 95 Currie Street, and began making the change towards painter. While his early work was very good, it lacked the discipline and production of one with a trained art background.
In 2015 James undertook training with acclaimed artist Tony Smibert, who taught him the systems necessary to develop his ideas, translate them and execute them in a disciplined manner. It was this fundamental training that he needed to express his new craft.
James’ earlier work reflected that of traditional and conventional art. He has a keen interest in the Old Masters and made studies into Dutch and Flemish technique, intrigued by the slow building of layers to create depth within paintings. As he grew into his own however, the desire to capture the exact likeness of manmade things became less important and his motivation moved towards emotive and abstract concepts. A strong focus on application and the individual brush mark, becoming a reoccurring theme.
Today James’ work looks at the relationships of space, time and rhythm; one can see these concepts clearly within his unique style.
The work invites the audience to be transported to a new mental environment, to mediate between the marks and layers.
“I hope the works to have a meditative quality about them, to appeal on an emotive level, as to call, to a dormant, primitive consciousness.” James McFarlane
James works predominately in oils and watercolour and is currently working on his debut solo exhibition.
James currently lives on Hindmarsh Island, South Australia.
It is in my nature to make order and organise; a big part of my new practice is to go “with the flow”. To embrace every mark, whether it be a right or wrong, and take each mark and to accept them all. There are, no right or wrong marks. Simply marks.
My work looks at these individual brush marks, their placement to each other and their relationships to other marks. These brush marks are made often with certain pigments that have a unique personality, not in a sense of their colour, but in how the pigments react to each other, their surface and medium.
I then place these marks in an ordered-chaos, of rhythm, space and time.
I like to think that these marks have no referencing or origin. No bold or thought provoking statements are being made. Only to create a visual, which I hope is interesting to the eye, and perhaps stirs the viewer’s imagination.
Exquisite, bespoke furniture objects, handmade with outstanding technical excellence by designer-maker Gray Hawk from his studio in Adelaide.
Gray Hawk has been commissioned to design and make bespoke furniture for over 40 years. Steeped in history, tradition and experience—his daily challenge is to generate objects with the utmost integrity, unique art furniture, handmade using locally sourced, wind-felled trees. For this reason Gray uses tools, machines and processes which produce the highest possible quality. Gray is renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and the great artistry in his bespoke furniture designs
Margie Goodchild believes that each nourished soul brings a little sanity back into the world. Her work helps make that happen with colourful, joyous art.
Graduating with a Bachelor Degree in 1985, and revisiting Graphic Design once computers were more commonplace, you can see why Margie Goodchild's art style is 'graphic'.
Her childhood enjoyment of (South Australian artist and educator) Ruth Tuck's art lessons continued as an older student and later as one of Ruth's teachers. Thanks to the mentorship of Ruth and her teachers, a lifelong appreciation for everyday beauty and a love of glorious colour was awakened, along with a commitment to painting and drawing practise.
When studying Margie little expected that one of her greatest joys would become connecting with people whose eyes and hearts resonate with her artwork!
Margie has had 2 solo art exhibitions - the first in 1993 (between the arrivals of her 2 sons) and the second at Goolwa in 2016 – along with too many group exhibitions to count!
Goodchild works from South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, with a friendly black cat her sunny studio companion. Awaken your smile with Margie, aka. Tangerine Meg's, vibrant artwork!
Diana Mitchell, born in South Australia’s beautiful Waikerie, was introduced to the art of porcelain painting and her personal quest to continue to achieve and expand her talent led her to study with both Australian and International Teachers including Jean Sadler, Mary Patusky, Paula Collins from the USA, Peter Faust from Switzerland and Derek Jones from the Worcester Factory in the United Kingdom.
Following 15 years of teaching Porcelain and On-Glaze painting to a wide range of artist from across Australia, Diana became member of the International Teachers Association, and the Australian Porcelain Art Teachers Association. Winning many prizes within the arts sector, Diana expanded further to include Watercolour, Acrylic, Mixed Media and various works on glass, including lustre work.
Watercolours of very detailed flowers have been produced as ‘Limited Edition Giclee’ prints by Diana with the encouragement and support of her mentors ‘HT’ and Inge Thumm. Mr Thumm originally built and owned the famous Chateau Yaldara, where Diana held numerous solo exhibitions throughout the vintage period.
When Chateau Yaldara was sold, Mr and Mrs Thumm built the Chateau Barrosa and invited Diana to maintain exclusive residency as their Rose Artist. In 2015, Diana returned to become the Florist Artist at the Barossa Chateau ( formerly Chateau Barrosa ).
As an acclaimed artist, Diana was inspired by friend and well known wild-life photographer, Mr Ian Jenkinson who was noted for his high quality wildlife photography, and she subsequently gained recognition in the Flinders Ranges, SA, with many of her works sold to overseas buyers, including from from the United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States of America. The colours of the various bush animals and birdlife have drawn great attention within her art exhibitions including Victor Harbour, and the prestigious Herald Sun Camberwell Art Show, in Melbourne; winning prizes consistently there from 2003. Diana has also received notable prizes from the Camberwell Art Show, The Wildlife Art Life Society, Blackwood rt Show, Tea Tree Gully Art Show, Campbelltown Art Exhibition, and Port Adelaide Art Shows. Diana is currently an Artist for the Art Exhibitions on the Art Trail for the Flinders Ranges, Blinman; SA.
Diana’s foremost passion, apart from the wildlife, remains her watercolour detailed flowers which led her to attend the USA recently and study with Elizabeth Kinkaid and Marney Ward in Canada. This further developed Diana’s expertise and knowledge of both watercolour, media and techniques. Friends, including Paul Jackson (USA ), Yuko Nagayama ( Japan) and Andrea Gorton ( Austria) continue to inspire and encourage Diana’s passion and development within the watercolour arena. Being excited to return as the Artist in Residence at the Barossa Chateau in Lyndoch; Diana continues to be consistently promoted as resident artist with a focus on both floral works and birdlife.
Being a Founding Member, and on the committee of the South Australian Water Colour Society , Diana remains passionate in her support of all Artists in their pursuit of interpreting, expressing and translating their perception of our beautiful planet through their chosen medium to share with art lovers worldwide!
Llewelyn Ash has been working in glass since 2008, Learning to blow glass at the University of South Australia., being guided and mentored by Gabrielle Bisetto and tutored by Tim Shaw. Llewelyn created his own unique and distinctive style, prior to discovering glass he painted and created etching from drawings. He now incorporates his printmaking designs onto the glass using the graphic qualities of line to express ideas.
Llewelyn has always been connected with his surroundings. Growing up in the Adelaide hills enriched his experience of natural flora and fauna. Art began in the home for him with both parents being artists, Glen Ash, well-known for his oil painting and Janet Ayliffe a celebrated water colour painter and print maker. From a young age Llewelyn started drawing the animals he was surrounded by,.. chooks, ducks, dogs, and donkeys. Surfing then became a major part of Llewelyn’s journey, moving down the South Australian coastline along every peninsula. It was only fitting to fill his drawing books with images of the ocean, with its sea life, and the natural beach landscapes
Llewelyn has recently completed a two year intensive glass blowing training program at the Jam Factory in Adelaide. His work has been exhibited in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in the last two years with achievements including the Design Institute of Australia award, finalist in the Australian National Glass Museum Student Award and Winter lights exhibition Federation square, selected as a Jam Factory Associate, the Jam Factory Pilchuck Scholarship in Seattle and won the Young Artist for Whyalla Art Prize, Briton sculpture Prize and Waterhouse Youth Art Prize.
I am new to the local Art Scene and have only lived in this area since 2015.
I have always had an interest in hand crafts of all types but only began doing
Mosaic after attending a class in Goolwa in October 2015.
Mosaic has now become my passion. After having dabbled in Ceramic Mosaics,
I prefer to work with glass and find pleasing results in both realistic designs as
well as abstract and fantasy.
Dean’s inspiration as a sculptor comes from the beautiful environment of Kangaroo Island in South Australia where he lives. The beaches and bush are a constant source of ideas and natural materials.
From a childhood in the Adelaide Hills, a working life in the city, Dean made a lifestyle change to Darwin in the tropical north. Soon a career move led him from insurance to the building and metalwork industry where he learnt the many skills he now employs in his creative work.
A quieter life beckoned and Kangaroo Island’s gentle pace, unique environment and creative energy made it the ideal choice.
Working in metal, recycled copper and brass, Dean has an innate ability to capture the essence of a subject through movement and observation to detail.
“Dean has a technical virtuosity and engages in meticulous work with real sensitivity to materials” – Lisa Slade - Art Gallery of South Australia.
Dean won the People’s Choice Award at National Wine Centre of Australia – SALA 2015 for his work in copper and brass - “Beneath”.
Dean shares an open studio and home gallery with his artist partner Jennifer, on Kangaroo Island.
Born in the Adelaide Hills to European parents following emigration to Australia after the war, Dzint Jurevicius was influenced in his early years to follow his passion for art and culture.
He studied at the prestigious South Australian School of Art, gaining a High Distinction in Painting. Writing of his inaugural exhibition in Lidums Gallery in The Advertiser in 1971, and later at Thorngate Gallery in 1973, he was identified as an emerging artist with exceptional talent.
After graduating in art and design secondary teaching in 1971, he spent the next decade in rural South Australia, his initial country appointment being in Naracoorte where he assisted in establishing the first regional art gallery later being appointed as the honorary Director. This experience was instrumental in developing appreciation for contemporary artists, which as a keen interest he continued to foster in others throughout his teaching career. One of the key highlights of his time as Director was the organization of a retrospective exhibition of Norman Lindsay’s work at the regional gallery.
Having recently retired from teaching secondary students, Dzint is now enjoying sharing his skills and experience through master classes in his studio gallery on Hindmarsh Island on the south coast.
Dzint has appreciated the opportunity his career in teaching in both public and private school systems has provided him in exploring and developing multiple skills in a variety of styles and techniques, such as oils, acrylics, watercolour and gauche as well as silk screen, lino print, and scraper board mediums. While Dzint’s work tends towards realism, he continues to explore semi abstract and cubist styles along with digital art.
His multi faceted work is well recognized, winning top awards at prestigious Rotary Art shows in both regional and metropolitan exhibitions and painting festivals over many years.
Masters of Educational Studies (Art)
Advanced Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Art)
Tom was born in Quorn South Australia in 1974. His interest in art began at a young age, developing his artistic skills throughout his school years. Tom worked as a mural artist in his early twenties. He gained valuable experience working on mural commissions in Queensland and South Australia. Settling on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Tom worked on canvas and spent twelve months painting the surrounding coastline and national parks of the Noosa region. He held his first exhibition in 1997.
In this time, Tom met his future wife, Kate, and together they moved back to South Australia where they have lived and raised their two daughters for the past 20 years. Working in oil on canvas, Toms light filled coastal images, still life paintings and Australian landscapes have been recognised and awarded numerous prestigious art prizes, most notably, twice winning best of show at the Camberwell art show in Melbourne (2007 and 2009). Other Camberwell art show awards include best Australian landscape (twice) and best still life (twice). Tom is also a three times winner of the Victor Harbor art show. As a painter of light and form, Tom’s subject matter is wide and varied. His passion for coastal vistas and landscapes also extends to his still life and native bird paintings, coastal flora, industrial landscapes, and his more recent bark and flame series of works.
Tom's work is in collections throughout Australia and overseas, with paintings in Dubai, USA, Canada, Vanuatu, Shanghai and Switzerland.
Rebecca Cooke is a South Australian visual artist/contemporary painter living in the Adelaide Hills. Inspired by the natural world she creates art that depicts an interpretive style: pattern, colour, flora and fauna. " My paintings celebrate nature and my own fascination with pattern design and global traditional arts and crafts. A background in graphic design informs my approach and illustrative elements. Trees, hills, sky, waterways and animal forms are rendered in acrylic paint, with details given a decorative quality - through the added influence of motifs, patterns, repetition of shapes and colour. At the centre of each painting is the bird or fish, heroes of my artistic worlds and the representation of freedom, beauty and harmony."
Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition with Art Images (alongside Peter Coad and Silvio Apponyi) in late 2016; in 2017 a number of larger paintings were on display at the Adelaide Airport and In 2012 she was a finalist in the Heysen Art Prize and has regularly exhibited at various galleries across Adelaide, both in group and solo shows.
Biography and Education
Born, Adelaide, South Australia Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major in Communication Studies, University of South Australia Associate Diploma of Art (Advertising & Graphic Design), TAFE SA
2017 Remnants Series Paintings on display, Adelaide Airport, SA
2016 Sanctuary Art Images Gallery, SA 2013 Nature of Patterns and Other Works Tincat Gallery & Cafe, SA
2010 Folkfish & Feathers Sarah’s Sisters Gallery & Café, SA
2017 Garden instincts – SALA Festival Exhibition Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully, SA
2015 A bird is not a feather, the rain is not the sea SALA Festival Exhibition, Milan Rouge Gallery, SA
2015 Built impermanence (Group Art Installation) - Adelaide Fringe Festival Gallery 1855, SA 2014 Patterns an d Rhythms - SALA Festival Exhibition Art Images Gallery Norwood, SA
2014 Beyond Reality - Fringe Festival Exhibition Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully, SA 2013 1st Anniversary Exhibition Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully, SA
2013 Palette to Plate - SALA Festival Exhibition Art Images Gallery Norwood, SA 2013 The ERA we live in - SALA Festival Exhibition Prospect Art Gallery, SA 2013 Watershed Art Prize Exhibition John Harvey Gallery, SA
2012 GOYA Project 1 Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully, SA 2012 Inaugural Exhibi tion Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully, SA 2012 Heysen Art Prize Exhibition Hahndorf Academy, SA
2012 City of Burnside Annual Art Show SA 2011 City of Tea Tree Gully Painting and Ceramic Art E xhibition SA
2011 Watershed Art Prize Exhibition John Harvey Gallery, SA
2005 Group Exhibition , Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne 2003 Leaf Tincat Gallery & Cafe, SA
Touring Exhibitions 2013 - 2014 The ERA we live in Group Exhibition by Eastern Regional Alliance - touring 7 Adelaide Metropolitan Councils, SA
2012 Finalist - Heysen Art Prize (Interpretation of Place), South Australia
2011 2nd Prize - City of Salisbury Watershed Art Prize, South Australia
2017 Asian Art News Magazine Vol 27 No 3
2017, page 64 2016 Adelaide Matters Magazine, editorial (June Issue) 2
013 SA Life Magazine, editorial (July Issue)
I am an artist living on beautiful Kangaroo Island in South Australia. My journey to here has been a colourful and interesting one.
From Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where I was born and grew up and feel blessed to have experienced the beauty of Africa ,her images, music and people to England where I was able to tap into my Celtic heritage .Then on to Australia, finally settling in the tropical north in Darwin where I spent over 30 years.
I trained as a professional Window Dresser and spent many years enjoying a creative working life for the most part working freelance.
From a very young age I loved to collect things from the natural world. I still do to this day and use many in my still life setups for drawings .I am largely a self taught artist and while I work in pastels my favourite medium is colour pencil and graphite which allows me to create the fine detail I so enjoy doing. You are able to see the essence of things.
I am also fascinated by things that are past. The vitality of life may have gone but another beauty remains. Telling a story from within. The small and everyday also have a beauty and reminds us of the beautiful and fragile world we live within.
My hope is my art brings that awareness and a desire to care.
I have enjoyed a successful solo exhibition and been part of several group shows in Adelaide at the National Wine Centre during SALA over the years and on Kangaroo Island being awarded 1st Prize and Best in Show at the Easter Art Exhibition 2015.
I have work in private collections around Australia, England and Switzerland.
Lisa Slade, Curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia commented – “Marvellous, incredible kind of miracles of close observation beautifully drawn. Jennifer produces them on drafting film that have a kind of magic about them”
All research material for my work is ethically sourced.
After using watercolours and acrylics to paint his impressionistic landscapes for 20 years, John took the leap and switched to oil paints. This move was exceptionally well received both by art critics and art investors, earning John highly coveted awards for his works.
John masters a wide range of styles: from impressionistic landscapes to contemporary interpretations, of the world around him.
When capturing the landscapes which he translates so elegantly onto canvas, John uses ‘en plein air’ studies (painting while outdoors). He goes to the site and does a series of small oil paintings. These assist him in creating larger pieces in his studio, where there is less danger of harm coming to his work.
John’s work attracts both Australian and International purchasers. He has gained a highly respected reputation as an Australian landscape artist with his work in high demand.
"It may have been the spectacular pairing of mid sixties' Marvellous Melbourne combined with my parents' unique genetic blend, which brought to life a dynamic instinct in me to project paintings from my inner gallery into the world at large."
Growing up with an artist in the family, Anna Blatman has been inspired to paint for 28 years . Her love for flowers and colour has led her to forge a career in painting the subjects that she is most passionate about. Much of her inspiration comes from her garden producing works full of vivid, tactile and textured flowers. Tone on tone layering with strong pigment use achieves her desired finished effect.
'Being in my garden inspires me, the panoply of beautiful Australian flora - and the light playing off them, this essence translates directly into the textural nature of my paintings - layering tone on tone, to resemble the 'radiant dance' which is life.
I think texture and layering is important when works are to be hung in a domestic setting - as this allows for the multiplicity of ways to view them.
They are very tactile pieces, and of course it is possible to visit the gallery and purchase finished pieces ‘off the walls’. Many clients however, prefer me to visit their home to see the colour schemes and lighting already present, so that we both get a feel for how the work will relate to its surroundings. Once we have agreed on the subject matter and the media to be used (oils or acrylics) I have canvases made to the exact specifications of each client’s requirements.'
"May Your Life Be Full of Colour"
- Anna Blatman
David Chen was born in China and holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Fine Arts. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Arts Education. David taught Fine Art in University for several years in China and in 1988 he was appointed an editor at the Peoples Fine Art Publishing House in Beijing where he edited several art magazines. In 1989 the French Embassy in Beijing invited him to hold a solo exhibition, however the exhibition was cancelled and his work was banned as he endured the difficult political climate in China after the events of june 4th, 1989. He later re-emerged as a respected artist and went on to win national and international acclaim .He was selected to participate in the ’100 Famous Chinese Artists’, a worldwide traveling exhibition in 1991. In 1992 he won the Silver Hawk Award at the Fourth International Art Contest, Nice, France. David arrived in Melbourne in 1993. He was invited to be part of the Hydra Art Group that was founded by the Australian Government and the Art Council. Since coming to Melbourne, David has worked as a fulltime artist and has held numerous solo exhibitions as well as conducting various painting workshops . In 1994 his work was exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria and in 2000, one of his beach paintings was selected to be hung at the United Nations Conference. David's work is represented in private, corporate and municipal collections both in Australia and overseas.
Inquiries welcome as to current David Chen pieces available from The Gallery.
Tony is a master woodcrafter and owner of TC'S Timber Craft.
Iroda Adil FRSASA
Inspired by people above everything else, Iroda came from a fairly modern Uzbek family who did not discourage her love of art. When young, her father loved the outdoors and painting, but being the only son was discouraged from an artistic career by his family. Instead he became a geologist and then studied for a higher degree in St Petersburg. Iroda spent time there and it is the colours of the north, and of autumn when she was born that are her favourites – softer, muted greys for example, rather than the bright Asian colours predominant in Uzbekistan where she grew up. Like her father, Iroda always loved art. Although good at academic subjects, nothing mattered much for her except art.
Iroda attended art college in Tashkent for four years. Her school recommended that she apply for university in St Petersburg but she lacked the confidence to apply at that age without her father’s assistance. One teacher told her that she would be the best artist in Uzbekistan if only she were a man, and that she painted “like a man”.
She spent a further six years studying art at university in Tashkent, coming third over the entire USSR for her final diploma artwork and thus winning the bronze medal for her year. Her rigorous art education is reflected in her works as well as the values of persistence and hard work.
Being female, Iroda was expected to become a teacher rather than a practising artist. After graduation, she spent one year teaching watercolour and still life to first year university students while concurrently studying for the first year of a Masters Degree, before coming to Australia at the age of twenty-five with her husband.
Iroda spent time in Sydney raising children, learning English, and studying at the University of Western Sydney for a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She also obtained a building licence so that she could assist her husband with his business, worked as a translator (she speaks Uzbek, Russian and Ugui as well as English), and began putting works in small exhibitions.
I have had a great passion for art throughout my life.
I have worked in cold glass, ceramics, pastel and acrylics and have been a member of Art @ Goolwa Gallery for five years and Convenor for three years.
Goolwa Regional Art Centre in 2010 a shared Exhibition of Paintings.
Port Elliot 2012 a Solo Exhibition of Pastel Paintings.
A solo exhibiting of Work 2017 at South Coast Regional Art Centre.
3rd prize at Goolwa Art Rotary Show in 2016.
I also showed at the RSASA Characters of the Fleurieu Exhibition April 2016 Signal Point Goolwa.
My art work was accepted for the 2016 Fleurieu Food and Wine Art Prize Hugo Winery
Born in 1947, Peter spent the first 10 years of his life in the Mallee town of Karoonda approximately 120kms south-east of Adelaide. He was surrounded by huge inspiring vistas and enormous skies which explains his abiding interest in the landscape, its open spaces and respect for the harmony of nature.
He is a confident, energetic artist who uses vibrant colours for his vigorous interpretations. They capture the glowing earthy yellows and oranges of the land and mountains, the ephemeral purples, aqua and blues of the sky and lagoons and they reflect the uniqueness of the terrain, the changes of the day and seasons and one can feel he has connections and awareness of the indigenous myths and legends of the land.
Peter makes regular artistic treks to favourite destinations in Australia and overseas. The knowledge gained of a particular area clearly assists in capturing the essence and feeling of the land as well as the colour and spirit of the place and from these journeys Peter produces several series of work.
He began a career in graphic arts excelling and winning awards in the fields of Silk Screen Printing and Signwriting but his passion and demand for his paintings eventually saw him become a full-time professional artist. He has been painting for nearly 40 years, held over 60 Solo Exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows, one in particular was a major Australian exhibition held at the prestigious Kubo-Kuxta Gallery in San Sebastian, Spain. He served two terms as Vice President of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, lectured on his art and been a participant, advisor and curator of exhibitions in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and the U.S.A.
His achievements in other areas of the arts are many, the following being just a few. In 1991 he organized and curated an exhibition held in Penang, Malaysia, of artwork of members from the Royal South Australian Society of Arts for the Adelaide/Georgetown Official Sister City, 25th Anniversary Celebration Visit with the Lord Mayor and Council Members of the City of Adelaide. One of his paintings was given as a gift to the City of Georgetown. In 2001 the Adelaide Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages chose Peter to be the first contemporary landscape artist to have two of his paintings reproduced for the Australian Commemorative Birth Certificates for the Year of the Outback. In 2005, Hollister Incorporated of Illinois U.S.A. chose one of Peter’s works to reproduce for their Christmas gift to their worldwide clients. Cairns City Council in Queensland, Australia, chose Peter’s paintings to give to two of their Sister Cities, one in 2005 to the City of Oyama in Japan as a commemorative gift for the signing of their Sister City Agreement and in 2006 one was given to the Mayor of Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province, China, for the Official Opening of the Australian designed “Friendship Gardens” in Zhanjiang.
Peter is also well-known to Film audiences as he was commissioned by internationally acclaimed Australian Film Director, Rolf de Heer, to paint 14 large canvases which appear as static scenes in the Award Winning film 'The Tracker'. (A main feature of the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2002 and the 51st Melbourne International Film Festival, also selected to participate in numerous International Film Festivals). The inclusion of original artwork in this way was a first for an Australian feature film and the process taken and images of these paintings are published in a Book and can be seen on a Documentary appearing on the DVD of the Film. Peter has also produced several documentaries which record his career in travel and painting.
Peter's paintings reveal to us landscapes of harsh yet breathtaking beauty as he skilfully blends symbolic interpretations of mountains, wetlands, vegetation and bird life in an endeavour to convey an awareness of the delicate balance of the environment.
Peter Coad Art