New Old Forms

Location
Toi Pōneke, Wellington
Dates
8 - 29 February 2020

I’m not trying to make paintings about something. I’m trying to make paintings.

Wellington-based artist Gary Peters presents a group of small, gestural paintings made in an attempt to find, or re-discover, his own visual language.

Working intuitively, Peters is concerned with the making of non-objective works, rather than employing story or metaphor. He focusses on mark-making: pushing paint here, dragging it there and pulling it back again; sometimes gesturing lightly across the canvas surface or building up paint layer upon layer. Colours range from vibrant and chaotic to subtle and subdued. His paintings take time to resolve themselves; false starts and failures accumulate, become records of their own making, eventually finding the moment when all gestures – ugly and clumsy, fluid and lyrical – coalesce and the works becomes complete.

Selected works

Once Around the Bla

Medium
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
405 x 380mm
Year
2020

Untitled (My Little Beautiful)

Medium
acrylic on plywood
Dimensions
310 × 415mm
Year
2019

Hot and Heavy (New Old Forms)

Medium
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
400 × 345mm
Year
2018

Press

Art Murmers – Review by Ellen Morgan Butler

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