Peter Booth | Paintings & Drawings
9 July – 8 August 2016
Bold lines, desolate landscapes, and lonely figures populate Peter Booth’s recent works. Recent Works, executed in Booth’s signature bold style, displays a subtle evolution in the artist’s practice. Dimmed is the ‘apocalyptic harbinger’ mantle that donned Booth’s earlier paintings, rather, these new works are decidedly more serene in tone.
Recent Works is a continuation of Booth’s inquiry into the nature of humanity, good, and evil. His new paintings are permeated with translucent greys, blues, pinks, and greens, which make up landscapes both frozen and flourishing. There is a sense of renewal in these paintings, an offering of promise exceptionally balanced with the bleak, sorrowful, and sometimes monstrous nature of his drawings.
Desolate dark, serene, and humorous, Booth’s new work is reflective of his long and prolific career. They are not staid, however, but speak to the wisdom of a long life and a determination to constantly refine his practice.
Peter Booth is considered to be one of Australia’s most significant living artists. His works are held in major collections in Australia and internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Booth has exhibited in many significant group exhibitions including: Australia, Royal Academy, London (2013); Contemporary Encounters, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2010); Peter Booth: Human Nature, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2003/2004).
Peter Booth is represented by Chris Deutscher, Melbourne