About

Based in Wellington New Zealand, Gary Peters makes site responsive installations, non-objective wall works, painting-objects and monochromes.

With an acute awareness of space, of things in space and colour he shares his observations providing viewers an opportunity to see the world afresh.

Often deploying systems and rules, and potentially removing the artist from the work, the hand is still very much present. There is an attention to detail, an appreciation of materials and a sheer enjoyment in the act of making to be found in this making driven, visual practice.

His most recent work sees him revisiting and developing his looser, drawing practice through a series of oil-stick works on paper and the Unpossible Drawing studies.


Solo exhibitions

2017
A Slow Take, Te Tuhi, Auckland

2015
The Colour of Courtenay Place, light box public art project, Courtenay Place Park, Wellington

2014
Reading Materials & Occasional Monochromes, Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne

2013
Is this who you really want to be? 30 Upstairs, Wellington
SNO 90, Sydney Non-Objective Contemporary Art Projects, Australia

2012
Engine Room Remix, The Engine Room, Wellington

2010
Say xyzzy, Studio 11, Toi Poneke, Wellington

Selected group shows & competitions

2018
Parkin Drawing Prize, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

2017
A Slow Burn, Meanwhile, Wellington.

2015
On Hold to Read, curated by Justin Jade Morgan, Wallace Gallery Morrinsville, Auckland.

2014
New Work: Victoria Munro, Gary Peters & Erica van Zon, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
Parkin Drawing Award, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
Lying in Space, 30 Upstairs, Wellington
Tools of the Trade, Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne

2013
Lying in Space, The Pah Homestead, Auckland and Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne

2012
Groundwork, Toi Pōneke Gallery, Wellington aaaGiLNrsty, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

2010
Wallace Art Awards, Salon de Refusee, Auckland
COCA Anthony Harper Award for Contemporary Art, Christchurch

2009
Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award, Auckland
Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, Hamilton
COCA Anthony Harper Award for Contemporary Art, Christchurch

2004
Another 48 Hours, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

2003
ETA, Enjoy Gallery Public Art, Wellington

Curatorial

2014
Loaded, curated with Sarah Caylor, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

Residencies and awards

2013
30 Upstairs, Wellington – Studio residency and exhibition

The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington – Residency and exhibition.

2012
Sydney Non-Objective Contemporary Art Projects, Australia – Six month residency and exhibition, with support from the Todd Trust

Education

2012 MFA (with distinction), Massey University, Wellington
1993 BA (Hons) Fine Art, The University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Other information

Works held in public and private collections including Wellington City Council and the James Wallace Collection.

Living and working in Wellington since January 2006.
Born 1970, United Kingdom.