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 Peter Booth



Peter Booth        Pages: 1

(b Sheffield, 2 Nov 1940).

Australian painter of English birth. He attended drawing classes at the Sheffield College of Art from 1956 to 1957, and in 1958 he emigrated to Australia. There he worked as a labourer until 1962 when he entered the National Gallery School in Melbourne, studying painting until 1965. He then taught painting at the Prahran Technical College in Melbourne from 1965 to 1969. In 1969 he had his first one-man exhibition at Pinacotheca in Melbourne and exhibited in the same year at the Central Street Gallery in Sydney. He then gave up teaching and returned to labouring work. His early paintings were hard-edge abstract works, and slowly, within this style, black came to dominate his paintings. By 1971 they were wholly black, sometimes with coloured edges on three sides, as in Painting (1971; Melbourne, N.G. Victoria). He used black to signify social alienation and associated the colour with the industrial landscapes around his native Sheffield; he sought out similar areas in Melbourne.


Figure with bandaged head 2004


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