Peter Powditch: Coast - Art Collector

Peter Powditch, Sprint II, 1971. Enamel on board, 122.2 x 76.3cm. Courtesy of the artist and Gold Coast City Gallery.

Peter Powditch rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s experimenting with Hard-Edge and air-brush painting, nudes, landscapes, bikini girls and a classic series of ‘sun torsos’. Stylistically, Powditch combined elements of contemporary abstraction and Pop, but he cannot be seen as a member of any particular camp. His commitment was to the life around him, to experience rather than theory. Powditch is best known for imagery relating to Australian beach culture, in particular bikini-clad figures accentuating the contours of the female form.

Trained in fine art at the National Art School as well as studying privately under John Olsen, Powditch was influenced during his time at East Sydney Technical College by his mentor the sculptor Lyndon Dadswell. His contemporaries and friends included Martin Sharp, Brett Whiteley, Robert Jacks, Michael Johnson and Robert Klippel and he exhibited at the Yellow House. He exhibited with leading galleries in Sydney and Melbourne and was mentored by luminaries Fred Williams, John Olsen, John Passmore and John Brack.

He has been include in numerous major exhibitions including
Australian Art Today which toured South East Asia (1970), Australian Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1972), the first Biennale of Sydney (1973), Recent Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1973), Pop to Popism at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2014-15) and was awarded the Sulman Prize in 1973.

Exhibition opens: 31 March 2017
Exhibition closes: 21 May 2017
Location: S.H. Ervin Gallery, 2 Watson Road, Millers Point, Sydney
Contact: +61 2 9258 0175

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