Peter O’Doherty

From the Street

Peter O’Doherty’s first artistic incarnation emerged in the popular band Mental as Anything. Unlike his brother Reg Mombassa and the other members O’Doherty did not attend art school – in 2000 he left the band to focus on his highly successful full-time art career.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gould Galleries in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 02 August 2014 to Saturday 30 August 2014
Launch Saturday 02 August 2014, 2-5pm

High Rise image Clayton Patio   image Bankstown Fibro  image Blonde Chair image Conversation Piece image Geelong Fibro image Via North Melbourne image Apollo Bay image Apollo Bay Weatherboard image From St Kilda Road image Blue Stripes image Polka Dots image Chapel Street   image

Published by Gould Galleries on Friday 25 July 2014.
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Peter O’Doherty’s first artistic incarnation emerged in the popular band Mental as Anything. Unlike his brother Reg Mombassa and the other members O’Doherty did not attend art school – in 2000 he left the band to focus on his highly successful full-time art career.

The early influence of watching his carpenter father construct houses led O’Doherty to develop an acute awareness of the built environment, which has become the primary subject matter for his paintings.

His repertoire includes freestanding houses and apartment blocks, often seen from across the street as if through a telescopic lens. The viewer’s eye is invited to note the rhythm of elements such as windows and railings, the bold shadows they cast in full sunlight, and the play of verticals, horizontals and diagonals, establishing a strong sense of space.

O’Doherty’s still life’s are of the domestic interior – an empty armchair framed by skirting boards from behind and sunlight emanating from an unseen window. There is an assertive use of colour applied in a painterly manner so as to softly delineate the edges.

Light and shade are amplified in his work, as if recalling the late summer Sunday afternoons of childhood. Colour contributes to the semi-illusory effect. Bright, at times blazing reds and olives sit comfortably next to sedate greys and whites. The overall effect is one of a suburban mirage, in which one is enticed by the seamless idyll of Australian life.

Peter O’Doherty will be holding his first Melbourne show in almost a decade at Gould Galleries from 2 – 30 August 2014