About



Peter Westwood is an artist, curator and arts writer, and while he has worked in various media, his practice is primarily formed through a long-standing interest in painting. The effects of capriciousness or unpredictability in the experience of his artworks reveals ideas of unending transition, provoking reflections upon self, flux and permanence.

Peter considers a painting an immanent experience, as much an ‘event’ as a ‘thing’. And through ‘painting-ness’ coalescing with its imagery, his works appear to present a type of inexplicable cognizance, rather than a representation, imitation or affect. Generally, Peter’s work embodies the feeling of something that may only ever be alluded to visually.

Peter is represented by Blockprojects Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, and Susan Boutwell Gallery in Munich, Germany.

Biography


Education

1995
Master of Arts Degree, Research
School of Art, Monash University 

1982
Graduate Diploma, Education
School of Education, University of Melbourne

1981
Graduate Diploma, Fine Art
School of Art, RMIT University

1976
Diploma of Fine Art
School of Art, Ballarat College of Advanced Education (Federation University)


Recent awards, grants & residencies

2021 
Artist teaching residency:
Hochschule für Bildende Künste
Braunschweig (HBK), Germany

2016 
Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (major prize award)

2014
Artist residency: LIA—
The Leipzig International Art Program, Germany

2012
Project Grant, City of Melbourne

2010
Artist residency:
East China Normal University, Shanghai,
PR China

2002
Curatorial residency:
Crossing: New Art from Australia, an exhibition of contemporary Australian art, ÄLTO, Helsinki Finland. 


Individual Exhibitions

2022
‘Let’s not be literal, let’s be careful’
Kronacher Kunstverein e.V., Kronach, Germany

2021 
Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig
(HBK), Germany

2021
Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich, Germany 

2021
Blockprojects, Melbourne, Australia

2020
Painting as a Marker of Change,
SITE EIGHT, School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne

2019
What is the Story for Tomorrow?
Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich, Germany

2017
Afterall, NKN Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2015
The Poor Hospital (passage and fate),
Blockprojects Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2013
Drive, Blindside ARI, Melbourne, Australia

Staring back at the world,
Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2011
Look out, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2010
Dieback, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2009
48 Portraits, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2006
Hard Times, The Doll’s House, Melbourne, Australia

2004
Differences,
Crossley and Scott Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2003
Shape,  
Crossley and Scott Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia

1996
Things that have happened,
Temple Studio, Melbourne, Australia

1995
Fruit of the forest,
School of Art, Monash University, Melbourne

1992
Procession,
Powell Street Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia

1991
Untitled (Paintings),
Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1989
Assemblages,
Reconnaissance Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia

1988
Paintings, Reconnaissance Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia

1986
Drawings, Reconnaissance Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020
How Soon is Now,
Blockproject Melbourne, Australia

2020
The new (ab)normal, an on-line exhibition
RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2019
Spring 1883 Art Fair, 
Blockprojects, Sydney, Australia

2018
Spring 1883 Art Fair,
Blockprojects, Melbourne, Australia 

Group show,
Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich, Germany

2017
B-Side,
Blindside ARI, Melbourne, Australia

2016
Painting, More Painting,
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia. Exhibition curated by Max Delany (Artistic Director), Annika Kristensen and Hannah Mathews.

Artist Talk in conjunction Gareth Samson.

2016
Calleen Art Award,
Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Australia

2016
Bayside Acquisitive Art Award,
Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Melbourne, Australia

2015
The Door in the Wall,
curated by Verity Hayward and Lucie McIntosh,
Blindside ARI, Melbourne, Australia

2014
Head: Incidents Above a Bar (part 4),
curated by Louise Paramor and Lisa Young,
The Alderman, Melbourne, Australia

2014
Asteroid, Winter Spinnerei,
Leipzig International Artist in Residence Program (LIA), Spinnerei Arts Complex, Leipzig, Germany

2013
Reading the Space:
Contemporary Australian Drawing #3 New York Studio School, New York, USA

2012
A place to eat from, Michael Jäger Collection,
Atelier Dorrit Nebe, Cologne, Germany

People … ahh People,
Gallery Mesh, Seoul, South Korea; curator Mihwa Park

The Rick Amor Drawing Prize,
The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia

Contemporary Australian Drawing #2: drawing as notation, text and discovery,
UAL, London

2011
Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East,
intersections of understanding, Gallery Tashkeel & American University United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Australian Art of the 1970’s. The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia

2010
How can a Network…..?
The South Project, curator Zara Stanhope, West Wing (part of the program of West Space Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1918 ArtSPACE,
No,20 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai, PR China

Winter,
Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Beleura National Works on Paper (invitation),
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Australia

Magnetic Islands, Project Space and Spare Room Gallery,
RMIT University – a joint survey of contemporary drawing from Seoul University and RMIT University – project component of the international Drawing Out Conference conducted by RMIT University and the University of Arts London, Melbourne, Australia

Distinction, 99 Creative Centre, Shanghai University Academy of Fine Arts,
M50 Moganshan Lu Arts Complex; curator Song Kexi; writer/theorist Qui Min., Shanghai, PR China

2009 - 2010
The Shilo Project, curator Dr Chris McAuliffe 
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, Australia. NETS touring exhibition: Mildura Arts Centre, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, Australia

Imagine, The Art Gallery of Ballarat,
Ballarat, Australia

2008
The Mars Project, Project Space and Spare Room
Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

2007
Eye to ‘I’ - the self in recent art, curator Geoff Wallis

The Art Gallery of Ballarat. NETS touring exhibition:
Warrnambool Art Gallery, Hamilton Art Gallery, Australia

2006
Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Regional
Gallery, Bendigo, Australia

The men’s gallery, curator, Rebecca Mayo.
The Doll’s House, Melbourne, Australia

2003
Group Show 2, Crossley and Scott Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia

2002
Group Show, Crossley and Scott Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia

2001
31st Alice Prize,
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Australia

Mediations, curator, David Harley.
Mass Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1997
The Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales,
Sydney, Australia

1996
Superstar, Billboard project funded by Arts Victoria,
Melbourne, Australia

A Centre of Culture, The Art Gallery of Ballarat,
Ballarat, Australia

1992
Scotchmans Hill Art Prize, Geelong Regional Gallery,
Geelong, Australia

1991
Painting, Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1989
The ICI contemporary exhibition,
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, and Regional galleries in Victoria and NSW, Australia

Decadence–10 years of 200 Gertrude Street,
200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Australia

Adelaide Festival, The Living Arts Centre,
Adelaide, Australia

New Work, Reconnaissance Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia

Reconnaissance, Launceston Community
Arts Centre, Launceston, Australia

1988
New Work, Reconnaissance Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia

1987
New Work, Reconnaissance Gallery,
Melbourne, Australia

Young Australians, inaugural exhibition at the
National Gallery of Victoria; traveled to State and Regional galleries in Australia and a range of museums in the USA

The Golden Shibboleth,
200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Australia

1985
Acquisitions for the Michell Collection,
Melbourne University Gallery, Melbourne

The McCaughey Prize (invitation),
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

1983
The New Art: works from the Michell Endowment,
Banyul, National Gallery of Victoria annex, Melbourne, Australia

1979
Still life still lives,
Visual Arts Board traveling exhibition; inaugural exhibition at the The Art Gallery of Ballarat. Regional galleries traveling exhibition in Victoria and NSW, Australia

Michell Endowment, inaugural exhibition, National
Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Some Recent Art of the Ballarat Region, The Art
Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia


Representation in Permenant Collections

Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia
Works included in the Painting Collection and the Prints and Drawing Collection, Australia

Art Bank, Sydney, Australia

Auckland Art Gallery / Toi O Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand

Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV),
Melbourne, Australia. Works included in the Painting Collection (Shell Collection and the Michelle Endowment Collection) and the Prints and Drawing Collection

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, Australia


Bibliography

Cox, S., (2017), Afterall, Catalogue essay, NKN Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Delany, M., (2016), Painting, More Painting, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia. Contributing authors: Jan Bryant, Hannah Matthews, Justin Paton, Quentin Sprague

Powles, J., (2015), The Poor Hospital (passage and fate), NKN Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 2015. Accompanying poem Heel by Paul Carter, 2015

Cox, S., (2013), The Waiting Places, Catalogue essay accompanying the exhibition Staring back at the world, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Powles, J., (2010), An order of sorts, Online essay accompanying the exhibition Dieback, Melbourne, Australia. 

Song, K. and Qui, M., (2010), Distinction, Shanghai University Academy of Fine Arts. Shanghai, PR China.

McAuliffe, C., (2009), The Shilo Project, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. ISBN: 978-0-7340-4146-3

Wallace, G., (2007), Eye to "I" - the self in recent art, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia.

Zahra, L., (2005), Rhapsody 21C, ch. (essay) Artist Curator Academic, University of Tasmania Press, Australia.

Lindsay, R., (1995), The Shell Collection of Contemporary Australian Art, Shell Company of Australia Ltd., Melbourne, Australia.

Lindsay, R., (1989), ICI Contemporary Exhibition, ICI Australia Ltd, Melbourne, Australia.

Lindsay, R., (1987),Young Australians, Budget Transport Collection, Melbourne, Australia.

Lindsay, R., (1987), The Golden Shibboleth, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia.

Radford, R., (1979), Still Life Still Lives, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia.

Radford, R., (1978), Some Recent Art of the Ballarat Region, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia. 


Critical Reviews

Vogel, E., Kultur Art Review, Süddeutsche Tageszeitung (German daily newspaper), July 21, 2019.

Nelson, R., The Age (Australian newspaper), November 3, 2010. (Nelson formed a review of the work of Michael Jäger, which in turn expanded into a review of the accompanying exhibition (catalogue) text jointly written by Julia Powles and Peter Westwood).

Makin, J., Herald Sun (newspaper), March 23, 2009.


Writing and Curating  

Westwood, P., (2019) Sightings within the whole shebang. Catalogue essay accompanying the work of Jarryd Cooper, Blockprojects Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2018) Wonderlust, curatorial project and catalogue essay, BUS Projects, Melbourne, Australia. Artists include: Georgia Biggs, David Palliser, Julia Powles, Isabel Turner.

The colour, the shape, (2017) NKN Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. Curatorial project involving the work of Georgia Biggs, David Harley, Melinda Harper, Michael Jaeger, Julia Powles, Antonia Sellbach and Isabel Turner. Exhibition text by Steve Cox.

Westwood, P., (2016) Bus Stop, (extended version) essay published in Michael Wegerer – Bouncing Borders (monograph) University of Applied Arts Vienna Press, Birkhäuser Verlag, Vienna / Berlin.

Westwood, P., (2016) Our ideal world, catalogue essay accompanying the work of Jordan Grant, (ed) Eric Nash, curator, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2015) The personal thing, catalogue essay accompanying the work of Melinda Harper, Julia Powles and Nyah Cornish, NKN Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. Read

Westwood, P., (2014) Future Strategies: The New Art Alumni, curatorial project and catalogue essay. Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University Melbourne, Australia. 2014   

Westwood, P., (2013) Crowded out. An essay accompanying the work of Matthew Berka for the project My House is too Small, curated by Julia Powles. This project involved an artist residency project supported by Arts Victoria. Artists: Matthew Berka, Jessie Bullivant, Andrew McQualter, Simone Slee, Carolyn Eskdale and CJ Conway. Other writers: Russell Grigg, Carolyn Barnes, Alastair Phillips, Hannah Mathews and Dunja Rmandić. Melbourne, Australia. Read

Westwood, P., (2013) The struggle is enough … , catalogue essay accompanying the work of Ryan Wilson for the exhibition Your father’s brother Robert, Kings Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne, Australia.  

Westwood, P., (2012) Not too close, not too far, catalogue essay discussing the work of Lim Dong Seung for the exhibition On Familiar Things, Lee C Gallery (Seoul Korea). 

Westwood, P., (2011) Hivemind, catalogue essay discussing the work of Raphael Buttonshaw, Tyler Clark Clark, Dylan Hammond, Daniel Stojkovich. The School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Read

Westwood, P., (2010) The Proposition, catalogue essay discussing the work of Boe-lin Bastian, CJ Conway, Ed McAleice and Sean Crossley, The School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Read

Powles, J., & Westwood, P., (2010) Can this be a painting? Catalogue essay discussing the work of Michael Jäger (Germany), Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Read 

Westwood, P., (2010) Desire and what you end up doing. Bringing fiction into reality: Who are you talking to, me? Catalogue essay discussing the work of Barbara Kapusta (Austria), Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Read 

Westwood, P., (2010) The moment where you think that that’s all it takes … Catalogue essay discussing the work of Julia Powles for the exhibition Dancing Without Lessons, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne, Australia. Read 

Westwood, P., (2010) Representation in the meaning of a metaphor for a forest as endoscopy / links between locations, curatorial project, installation and catalogue text involving the work of Hoang Duong Cam (Vietnam). Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Read

Westwood, P., (2010) Like No Place Known, collaborative curatorial exhibition project and catalogue essay with Katarina Frank. Works by Kieran Boland (Australia), Cecilia Darle (Sweden), Gunilla Hansson (Sweden). Patrick Nilsson (Sweden), Jin Shan (PR China) Andreas Soma (Sweden). Project component of the international Drawing Out Conference conducted through RMIT University and the University of Arts London. The School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Read

Westwood, P., (2010) Bus Stop, (version 1) catalogue essay discussing the work of Michael Wegerer (Austria), Künstlerhaus Vienna, Austria. Multiple Matters - Grafische Konzepte, (eds) Wojcech Krywoblocki and Georg Lebzelter, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria. ISBN 978-3-900926-85-4

Westwood, P., (2009)The city lost in snow, catalogue essay discussing the work of Katarina Frank (Sweden/UK), Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Read 

Westwood, P., (2009) Man in the Cold, catalogue essay discussing the work of Godwin Bradbeer for the exhibition Portraits in Exile, Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok, Thailand.

Westwood, P., Things that remain, curatorial project, installation and catalogue text. Works by Steve Cox, Jess Crowe, Julia Powles, Greg Pryor and Leonie Zylberberg, Jenny Port Gallery, (Melbourne, Australia), 2008. Read

Westwood, P., (2008) The World in Painting, curatorial advisor and contributing writer to the catalogue essay discussing the work of Lê Quôc Viêt (Vietnam) for the exhibition project The World in Painting, (ed) Zara Stanhope, Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne, Australia. Regional galleries traveling exhibition.

Westwood, P., (2007) An obvious problem, catalogue essay discussing the work of Jan Svenungsson (Sweden) and Katrin von Maltzahn (German) for the dual exhibition project A Place on Earth & Tracking and Jorge Luis Borges visited Melbourne for 10 days; School of Art Gallery. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Read 

Westwood, P., (2007) The brain hand thing, catalogue essay discussing the work of David Palliser for the exhibition Imagine…the creativity shaping our culture, (ed.) Zara Stanhope, Heide Museum of Modern Art (Melbourne, Australia), 2006. Read 

Westwood, P., (2005) One another’s otherworld, Curatorial project installation and catalogue text, at the invitation of the French Cultural Centre, Melbourne. Featuring the works of Laetitia Bourget (France), Philippe Charles (France), Steve Cox, Sanné Mestrom, Dominic Redfern, Philip Samartzis, Ania Walwicz and Louiseann Zahra. Alliance Française de Melbourne (French Cultural Centre / Alliance Francaise), Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2005) Various Presence: the human spaces in new technology. Curatorial project, installation and catalogue text, Shanghai International Science and Art Exposition, China, 2005. Featuring the works of Mark Burry, Martine Corompt, Ho Sui Kee, Nicole Jaquard, Lyndall Jones, Dominic Redfern, Philip Samartzis, Daniel Von Sturmer, Christian Bumbarra Thompson, Jason Wade, Yandell Walton. Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2004) Siblings. Two concurrent curatorial projects with accompanying catalogue text titled Similarities and differences. Featuring the work of Loretta Quinn and Paul Quinn, Fiona Mc Monagle, and Tim McMonagle, Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2004) Beyond horizons / Horisonttien takana, curatorial project, and catalogue essay referring to the work of environmental artist Markku Hakuri (Finland). Faculty Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2004) The Drawing Room, curatorial project and catalogue essay, titled Insideout, accompanying an installation work by John Kelly. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2003) Benjamin Armstrong and Katherine Huang, curatorial project and exhibition text (text drawing / poster). Works by Benjamin Armstrong and Katherine Huang. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2003) Crossing: New Art from Australia, curatorial project with catalogue essay.  Works by Adam Bunny, Linda Erceg, Fiona Foley, Peter Graham, Katherine Huang, Dianne Jones, Tim McMonagle, Vera Möller, David Noonan and Simon Trevaks, and Christian Bumbarra Thompson. Lume Gallery, UIAH (University of Art and Design), Helsinki, Finland.

Westwood, P., (2002) David Potter, curatorial project (posthumous exhibition) and catalogue essay, Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2001) Berenice’s Hair /Bereniken Hiukset. Exhibition catalogue with curator Leena Lohiniva. Rovaniemi Museum, Finland and Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (2000) Seen something more, curatorial project and catalogue essay.

Works by Tim McMonagle and David Palliser. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood, P., (1999) rubik 10 – are you experienced, catalogue essay discussing the work of Tim McMonagle. The Physics Room, Christchurch New Zealand.

Westwood, P., (1999) The trouble with Harry, curatorial project and catalogue essay. Works by Judith Duquemin, Diena Georgetti and Daniel Noonan. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.


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