|ARTIST:||Sir Peter Siddell KNZM, QSO.|
|DATES:||New Zealand 1935 - 2011|
|MEDIUM:||Oil on canvas|
|SIZE:||50 x 60 cm|
Sir Peter Siddell KNZM, QSO.
(1935 - 2011)
Sir Peter Siddell is one of New Zealand’s most widely recognised painters. This may be attributable to his choice of subject matter as well as his distinctive style of painting. The landscapes that he painted are the places where he lived or spent time; the places he knew. The domes of Auckland volcanoes, the harbour, the distinctive architecture of the Auckland villa all add an evocative aspect to his work that New Zealanders identify with.
Peter was a self taught artist who followed a somewhat varied career path before he began painting. Starting out as an electrician, then becoming a schoolteacher, and then moving into full-time painting, Peter fits the mould of the ‘kiwi do-it-yourselfer’.
The images Peter constructed in his paintings have an element of the surreal about them. There is a sense of anticipation and unease about Peter's world, which has no human participants and an eerie quietness blanketing it. One cannot help but wonder what is happening behind the blank facades which his houses present to the viewer.
Having exhibited solo since 1972, Peter watched the New Zealand art scene grow and evolve over the years and held a wealth of information about New Zealand art history.
Peter's work is represented in several public collections in New Zealand as well as privately in New Zealand and overseas.
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