Recent and upcoming events, exhibitions and general news.
Lachlan Shire Council recently announced that fast tracking would allow the reopening of the Utes In The Paddock Sculpture Gallery in early 2018. Utes In The Paddock is a sculpture installation that Peter contributed to when it was initially located at...
In 2014 Peter Mortimore was interviewed by Graeme Stevenson for the Colour In Your Life TV Show. The interview took place over an afternoon and includes some tips on painting.
On Saturday 30th September Raglan Gallery in Cooma hosted an exhibition by Peter Mortimore entitled "Drawn". The exhibition shows recent works by Peter The event was something of a "homecoming" as Peter started his painting career years ago in Cooma. Now...
Childhood memories of the rugged beauty of our unforgiving Australian Outback, elements of family history and an eye for detail combine to contribute to the works and success of Peter A P Mortimore – the artist.
Traces of family history, interfaced with a love of horses, are reflected in the content of his works, with Peter’s Grandfather, a Master Farrier on the Bristol Tramways in England, losing his life whilst shoeing a difficult horse. His grandfather was an eight-horse ploughman before arriving on our shores back in 1911. His mother’s father a breeder of Australian Stock Horses, who sadly lost his life in a riding accident, taught Peter to ride.
Peter’s parent’s his mother a champion lady rider and his father a young Presbyterian Minister, who tended his flock on a grey gelding, courted on horseback around the beautiful countryside of his mother’s hometown of Dorrigo, in northern NSW.
Peter’s interest in horses is ever present; his thorough understanding of their anatomy and intense interest in their behaviour ensures that his paintings portray them intricately, bringing each ones character to life, no matter the medium.
Although Peter’s subject matter is varied, a common theme emerges of the image of the Australian Stockman and his mount, as well as the austere beauty of outback landscapes. Peter paints in his studio in Bangalow, and has enjoyed many successful exhibitions both throughout Australia and Internationally.
A self taught artist, Peter spends quality time – often up to 100 hours – on a single drawing, and more on a painting, as it is totally drawn before paint is applied. His work reflects his absolute eye for detail, and experience has shown that he is able to develop almost ‘photographic’ images of his subjects – a compliment he has enjoyed over and over, and one which provides him with a great deal of personal satisfaction.
After attending Sydney University, Peter commenced working life as a Stock and Station Agent. His employment required him to move extensively throughout NSW and Queensland, where he often came across stockmen and drovers moving their herds along the ‘long paddocks’. Images of the countryside and it’s characters, reflecting those enjoyed by Peter as a boy growing up in Moree, are present in many of the works he produces today on a professional basis.
Peter’s wife Carolyn owns and operates the Windhorse Gallery in Bangalow.