This month King Street Gallery features the work of Peter O’Doherty. Originally better known as a musician in bands such as Mental As Anything and Dog Trumpet, O’Doherty has gained recognition as a fine artist whose still life paintings explore the everyday suburban landscape and the commonplace objects of interiors.
Fibro. Brick veneer. Stegbar. Pebblecrete. Laminex. Masonite. Galvanised Iron. Slate. Tin. Wood. Even blindfolded you hear these words and know where you are. It’s not Paris. But somewhere closer, in the antipodes, in the realm of ordinary dwellings. Houses so familiar you feel you know them even if you have never stepped inside them.
Domestic materials. Random scenery. The view from the car window or the silent walk. Peter O’Doherty has painted them for a long time. Habituating his steady hand to driveways, sealed doors, drawn curtains and half open blinds. He regards the houses he paints as portraits and persists until he finds humanity within a standardised product. His argument, put forward simply, is that life is not in fact a state of heightened perpetual sensation but rather a string of small, non-descript incidents. The in-between becomes the whole.
Location: King Street Gallery – 177 William St, Darlinghurst NSW
Times: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm / Sunday 11.00am-6.00pm
Dates: 29 March – 23 April 2016
Click here to learn more about the exhibition.
- Intro: Vanessa Couzens
- Article: Excerpt from the exhibition Catalogue Essay by Anna Johnson - ‘Peter O’Doherty: Through the Window’
- Image 1: Peter O’Doherty ‘Coastal 5’, 2016, acrylic on board, 20 x 20cm
- Image 2: Peter O’Doherty ‘Monterey Afternoon’, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122cm