Peter Horak was one of Melbourne’s successful young artists during the mid seventies and early eighties. A 1978 Bachelor of Arts graduate from the design and art department, Caulfield Institute of Technology (as it was then named).
Peter’s unique painting style captured the attention of several leading Melbourne galleries including Realities, Powell Street and Christine Abrahams. His exhibitions in those galleries attracted a good number of important buyers, including The National Gallery of Victoria, Art Bank, Launceston Regional Gallery and Hooker Real Estate. Peter Horak is also represented in private collections in Tokyo, Singapore, Prague and throughout Australia.
In the mid eighties, Peter chose to put his art career on hold so he could raise his two very young daughters without the support of a partner. But he never really stopped painting and twenty years later he was ready for the most important solo exhibition of his life exhibiting in his home town of Bratislava. Since then he has continued to exhibit both locally and internationally.
Horak’s new works are re-designs of nature and landscape, both rural and urban representations in the abstract. His style incompasses ouevres such as post impressionism and pointilism and even cubism yet is completely and uniquely all his own. His inspiration both the rural villages and urban cities of his native home. Horak‘s canvases are full of energy and almost playful but at the same time encompass a darker more contemplative mood that expresses the turmoil of his heritage.
1978 Bachelor of Arts (Design) Caulfield Institute of Technology
2011 Zidovske Museum, Prague
2010 Zidovske Museum, Bratislava
2006 Pollock Gallery, VIC
1992 Peninsula Gallery, VIC
1990 Realities Gallery, VIC
1988 Tom Silver Gallery, VIC
1986 Realities Gallery, VIC
1985 Powell St Gallery, VIC
1983 Richmond Hill Gallery, VIC
1982 Newman Gallery, VIC
1981 Powell St Gallery, VIC
1979 Powell St Gallery, VIC
2004 Zidovske Museum, Australia
2001 Cotham Gallery, VIC
1987 Williamstown Gallery, VIC
1985 Newman Gallery, VIC
1984 Dandenong Artist Society Gallery, VIC
1980 Peninsula Gallery, VIC
National Gallery of Victoria
Launceston Regional Gallery, Tasmania
Private collections in Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv and Australia.