Shirley Peters lives in Syndey, Australia and she is a landscape artist. She paints plein-air in the country, using her motorhome to travel from beach to river to mountains (with husband Bob and Honey the dog). At home she makes ‘slow art’ in her studio by painting large detailed works inspired by her travels; and once a year Peters paints a daily watercolour of the Tour de France bike races. Since 2014 Shirley has lived and worked from her studio in Mulgoa, prior to that, 37 years in Putney, near Sydney.
When did you start painting?
Shirley: “I went to the National Art School in 1971, and my serious painting starts around that time. But as a commercial artist, illustration took up most of my time, so oil painting was not an everyday thing.”
What materials do you use?
Shirley: “Traditional oil on canvas”
What subjects do you paint?
Shirley: “A large landscape can act as a window: you have a permanent view of a beautiful natural scene. As a break, once a year, I like to paint the bike riders during Le Tour de France.
Did you go to art school?
Shirley: “National Art School, Graphic Design School, Multimedia classes, print making at Julian Ashtons and the Sydney Gallery School. I was a graphic designer during the bulk of my years. Then I started illustrating children’s books. From there I pivoted to fine art painting, where I have used oils, acrylic and watercolour.”
Have you exhibited your art work?
2021 July 1 – 13: Gallery One88 Katoomba: “Abundant Water” Waterfalls and floods
2018 May 1 – 13: Gallery One88, Katoomba: “Time Tide & Decay” – seascapes from Tasmania and NSW
2014 May 1 – 13th: Solo Show at Gallery V “Sydney Blue” – views of the harbour and surrounds
2013 July 4th-27th Gallery V, Woolloomooloo, Sydney Australia “The World Beneath” – depicting the empty reservoir that holds Sydney’s water supply.
2010 February 2010 Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne “This Change Thing” – Figurative works depicting the relationship between the Catholic Church and children.
Which artist inspires you?
Have you won any awards?
2018: Winner “President’s Prize” Fairfield City Art Society
2017: Winner “Best Painting in Show” Blackheath Rhodo. Art Prize
2015: “Highly Commended” by CRAS for “Le Tour de France”, acrylic on canvas
2013: Finalist “NSW Premier’s Plein Air Award”
2013: Shortlisted “NSW Premier’s Plein Air Award”
2009: Highly Commended in the Noel Chettle Art Award for Portrait and Life Drawing
2009: “Feature Artist” Art Whats On
2008: “Artist to Watch” Art Whats On
1990: Shortlisted and Honour Book, Children’s Book of the Year (illustration) Mervyn’s Revenge by Leone Peguero
1990: Commended, Best Jacket Design of the Year: Counting on Frank:The Bulletin Award
Various web design awards for Bob Peters web site.
“Colour In Your Life” TV Series My episode is on YouTube and shown internationally. It was filmed in Sydney and appeared
on Australian TV in 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3vizeHPpdI
Podcasted in USA
Shirley Peters in conversation with Michael Todoran
December 1, 2012
ARPS Gallery, Amsterdam
Review of “Sydney Reservoir” show:
Review of Abundant Waters
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