Gary Peters


Gary Peters makes non-objective wall drawings and painting objects. These are created in response to the surrounding environment through noticing architectural details in the studio or gallery space which are then brought into his work.

Unafraid of colour, he creates unexpected combinations and relationships in his work using colour to effectively seduce and repel the viewer. Taking colour from the locale the work find it’s place in the environment; when “alien colour” is introduced, often at random, it causes a frisson.

Rules, systems and process add another dimension to the work. Setting up decisions and choices prior to making potentially remove the artist from the work yet, thanks to his love of making things, Peters’ works are defiantly hand made and dependent on the artist’s presence.

Originally from the UK, Gary Peters currently lives and works in Wellington.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (honours) from The University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK and a Master of Fine Arts (1st class) from Massey University in Wellington.  He has exhibited both within New Zealand and internationally since 1992.  Recent exhibitions include "Reading Materials and Occasional Monochromes" (Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne, 2014); "Is This who you really want to be?" (30 Upstairs Gallery, Wellington, 2013); "SNO 90" (Sydney Non-Objective Contemporary Art projects, Sydney, 2013); "Ground Work" (Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington, 2012). Recent group exhibitions have included "Lying in Space" (30 Upstairs Gallery, Wellington 2014 and Wallace Trust Gallery, Auckland 2013); "Frameless" (A Development Project with Paul Nache Gallery, Auckland 2014).  He has also been awarded a number of residencies including a ten week studio residency at 30 Upstarirs Gallery in Wellington (2013); a four week studio residency at The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington (2013); and a six month residency supported by the Todd Trust at Sydney Non-Objective Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney, Australia (2012).  He is currently working towards a major new lightbox public art project in Courtney Place in Wellington to be completed in 2015.