Peter Harris

The paintings in this exhibition reflect the artist’s love of the sea and all things nautical.

The original inspiration for these paintings came from the “John Oxley”, a 1920’s steam packet currently being restored in Black Wattle Bay, Sydney. The restoration involved replacing most of the plates which make up the hull of the ship. Here the elements combined to produce a rich variety of colour and texture and it is these qualities that the paintings attempt to exploit.

The paintings are on constructed timber panels and closely resemble the rusty iron plates, rivets and blistered paint of the waterline of a ship. They have however come to represent the larger landscape of the industrial waterfront.



2008 Jackman Gallery, St Kilda, VIC

2004 Lakes Gallery, Paynesville, VIC

2002 Alice St Gallery, Newtown, NSW

2001 Canal Rd Film Centre, Sydney, NSW

2000 Centenary of Federation, Sydney Street Parade, NSW, Senior Production Artist

1999 Wellington Maritime Museum. Installation and scenic paint finishes

1990–95 Indonesian Television Industry, Design and Production Advisor

1987–88 Bicentennial Travelling Exhibition, Commissioned artworks, Senior Production Artist

1982 ANU Canberra, Creative Arts Fellow

Design & production of Handel’s Belshazzar, Suzanna, Joshua and many other theatrical productions and TVOs during this period.

1980–90 Film & Television Industry: Head of Scenic Art Department. Credits include; Squizzy, Phar Lap, Ginger Meggs, Bourke & Wills, Rebel, Silver City, Robbery Under Arms, 5 Mile Creek, Sweetie, Young Einstein, The Last Bastion, Return to Eden

1979 Victorian Council of Adult Education ‘Arts Train’, Painting Tutor

1977 ANU Arts Centre Gallery, Canberra

1976 Civic Permanent Art Prize

1975 ANU Student Union Art Prize

1973–80 Various Group exhibitions, Canberra

Canberra School of Art, Tutor Life Drawing

Canberra TAFE, Tutor Art General Studies

Fortune Theatre Company, Canberra, Resident Designer

1974 Contemporary Arts Society Gallery, SA

1973 Diploma Fine Art (Painting), SA School of Art