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Peter O’Doherty

Peter O'Doherty's paintings are tonal assemblages of oblique geometric detail imbued with dense shadow and vivid Australian light.


Emigrating with his family from New Zealand to Australia in the late 1960s, Peter O’Doherty is a self-taught painter. There has been a concentration on urban and suburban themes in his work – fibro and brick houses, blocks of flats, high rise facades, front yards, porches, and garages along with chairs, aeroplanes, trams and landscapes.

O’Doherty has been hung in numerous art prizes including the Sulman and the Salon Des Refuses. He has won the Paddington Art Prize for landscape, the Commendation Award at the Mosman Art Prize and the Alan Gamble Memorial Prize for the built environment.

Commencing in 2014 and running over the next two years Peter has a collaborative touring regional gallery exhibition ‘Moving House’ with his wife Susan O’Doherty, combining her assemblages depicting various rooms of the house and his canvases of external suburban house facades.

Image: The Sphinx and Ari Burnu from Russel’s Top, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 137 x 152cm
Courtesy the artist

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