Peter Powditch

Peter Powditch AM is a painter, printmaker and sculptor. His first
exhibition was in 1966 at Gallery A, Sydney, followed by some 40
solo shows. Powditch was at the forefront of Australian pop art,
recognised for his Sun Torso figures and depictions of the Australian
coast. Powditch won the 1972 Sulman Prize and participated in
the inaugural Biennale of Sydney in 1973. His work featured in the
important Pop to Popism exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South
Wales in 2014, and a retrospective was held at the S.H. Ervin Gallery,
Sydney in 2017. Powditch’s work is represented in all major state
and regional galleries throughout Australia. He received the Order
of Australia in 1981 for services to art as a painter and sculptor and
was made a Fellow of the National Art School in 2017. Powditch is
represented by Defiance Gallery, Sydney.

“One of the significant tensions in my art is the balance between form and content, between the figure and abstraction.”

b. 1942, Sydney / lives and works in Bangalow NSW

ESTC/NAS student, 1960–1963
Sculpture lecturer, 1968–1973
NAS Fellow, 2017

Verandah, 1991, found timber, acrylic
paint on wood and Masonite, 93 × 84
× 7 cm. Gift of Peter Powditch, 2018

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