A painter of rare technical distinction

Peter Daverington paints landscapes that merge his interest in travel, culture and art history. In his maximalist aesthetic Daverington recreates disparate images, styles and references from the masters of Western and Eastern art. Having built upon a foundational practice of graffiti and street art, the immaculate baroque quality of his rich oil paintings and diverse painterly techniques announce that he is a painter of rare distinction.

Daverington’s practice is supported by an erudite hunger for images. Rather than appropriating any one particular artist from the past, he narrows in on the anonymous features of broad traditions. How did the High Renaissance artists paint skin, hair and lips? How did the Romantics paint light and mountains? How do Australian artists paint gumtrees? In Daverington’s work the profession of art is spoken for, and the visuality of the past reaches out into our contemporary moment.

EDUCATION

2006 Master of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

2004 Graduate Diploma in Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022 Chapter 22, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

2020 Peter Daverington: Work to the Finish, Michael Reid, Sydney

2019 New Paintings, Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich

2019 Small Works, Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich

2018 Surface Zero, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

2017 Daverington does de Chirico, Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich

2016 Before the Apocalypse, Shanghai Mass Art Center, Shanghai

2016 Weltlandschaft, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

2015 Iconophilia, The Lodge Gallery, New York

2015 Lacuna, Chasm Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2014 Because Painting, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Into the Never, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2013 From the Future with Love, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Poiesis, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Holy Mountain, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2009 The Continuum, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Peter Daverington, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Everness, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2007 The Dervish Series, Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne

2006 Reflections on Hyperspace, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne

2006 Modulations II-Style Crisis, Mars Gallery, Melbourne

2005 Modulations, Mars Gallery, Melbourne

2004 New Paintings, Smyrnios Gallery, Melbourne

1998 Earth, Roar Studios, Melbourne

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022 John Leslie Art prize, Gipplsland Art Gallery

2022 Sydney Contemporary 2022,ARC ONE Gallery ,Melbourne, Australia

2021 Sydney Contemporary 2021,ARC ONE Gallery ,Melbourne, Australia

2021 Out Of The Darkness: A Survivor’s Journey, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat

2020 MINUTIAE, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2020 ONLINE: Sydney Contemporary, ARC ONE Gallery ,Melbourne, Australia

2020 Colour Sense ,Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Juniper Hall, Sydney

2018 Classic Nouveau, Latchkey Gallery, New York, NY

2018 Moran Portrait Prize, Juniper Hall, Sydney

2017 Sydney Contemporary, ARC ONE Gallery, Carriageworks, Sydney
2017 9 X 5 NOW, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne
2017 Latent Content Analysis, The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Digital: The World of Alternative Realities, Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne
2017 Latent Content Analysis, The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Digital: The World of Alternative Realities, Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne
2016 The Oasis, Gitler_& Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Divine Abstraction, Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne
2015 Lurid Beauty-Australian Surrealism and its Echoes, National Gallery of Victoria
2015 The Garden, QUT Museum, Queensland
2015 The Unicorn Tapestries, Gitler_& Gallery, New York
2015 Post Human Utopia, The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Synthetic Landscapes, MAF Video, Melbourne Art Fair
2014 Render, Screen Space, Melbourne
2014 Archibald Prize, National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2014 Currents – Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM
2014 Perceptions of Space: Justin Collection, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne
2014 A World Apart, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
2013 TGF Sports, The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Fleurieu Art Prize, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia
2013 Banyule Award for Works on Paper, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space
2013 New Horizons, Gippsland Gallery
2013 The lie of the land – contemporary landscapes from the collection, Geelong Gallery
2013 Archibald Prize, National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2013 Sulman Prize, National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2013 Innovators 1, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2013 Peekskill Project V, Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
2013 100 Little Deaths, Curated by Tom Sanford, Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY
2012 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery
2012 Currents-Santa Fe International New Media Festival, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2012 Under The Influence, Kianga Ellis Projects, Brooklyn
2011 New Romantics, curated by Simon Gregg, Gippsland Art Gallery
2011 KIAF11, Arc One Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011 Art + Architecture II, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2010 John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Gallery

2010 Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery
2010 Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
2010 Constellations-Australian Contemporary Drawing1, RMIT Gallery
2009 Turbulent Terrain, Latrobe Regional Gallery
2009 Aurthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Gallery
2009 Lang-scapes, Curated by Kirsten Rann, Conical Inc, Melbourne
2009 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

2009 Blake Prize (touring), Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

2008 Blake Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
2008 Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery
2008 MacarthurCook Award, Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery
2008 Melbourne Art Fair, with Boutwell Draper Gallery and Arc One Gallery
2008 Bal Tashchit- Thou Shalt Not Destroy, Jewish Museum Australia
2007 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2007 Australian Drawing Part 2, John Buckley Gallery
2007 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA
2006 Metro 5 Art Prize, Metro 5 Gallery
2006 Abn Amro, Optus Tower, Melbourne
2006 Nude, Mars Gallery. Melbourne
2005 Dominique Segan Drawing Prize, Old Castlemaine Gaol Graduates, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2004 Special, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Athenaeum Award, Athenaeum Club, Melbourne
2004 ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship, ANZ Bank, Melbourne
2004 National works on paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2004 Umpa Art Prize, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University
2003 Brett Whiteley Travelling Arts Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Gallery, AGNSW
2003 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
2003 Banyule Works on Paper, Banyule City Council Gallery

2003 MLC Acquisitive, MLC Melbourne
2003 Dominique Segan Drawing Prize, Castlemaine State Festival

2002 Architectural drawings, Sofa Gallery, Istanbul
1998 Tagged, Sects Gallery, Vancouver
1992 Off the Wall, National Gallery of Victoria

MURAL COMMISSIONS

2019 Aouth Melbourne Primary School, City of Port Phillip, Melbourne
2019 Minhang Arts and Design District, Shanghai, China
2018 Audobon Mural Project, East River, Queens, New York, NY
2014 Audobon Mural Project, Harlem, New York, NY
2013 Minhang District Health Bureau, Shanghai, China
2011 Hibernian House, Sydney, Australia
2010 Biosol, Ahrweiler, Germany
2007 Villa 21, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005 Langham Hotel, Melbourne
2005 Habiba Resort, Nuweiba, Sinai, Egypt
2003 MAB, Condor Building, Docklands, Melbourne
2001 Wish, Seattle, USA
1998 Sultanahmet, Istanbul Turkey
1997 Malostranska, Prague, Czech Republic
1996 Ahrweiler, Germany
1993 San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
1991 Ministry of Transport Mural project, Collingwood

PERFORMANCES

2012 Turkish Music Concert, The Amati and Friends of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2012 Sufi Songs of Love, Dergah Al Farah, New York City
2011 Illuminations of the Heart, Melbourne Recital Centre
2011 Biography of an Empire, Columbia University, New York City
2010 New Rome, Aya Irini Museum, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Dualities Twilight Series, Elder Hall, Adeaide Festival

2009 Ney recital, Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern), Istanbul, Turkey

2009 From the Garden of Ecstasy, Sunday Live, ABC FM
2009 Alchemy of Joy, 3MBS Radio: Live at the Convent
2008 Sufi-Jazz Fusion, with Kudsi Erguner Ensemble, BMW Edge, Melbourne International Arts Festival

2008 Alchemy of Joy, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Mystical Journeys, Monash University, Victoria
2006 Turkish Sufi Music ceremony, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Turkish Sufi Music performances at; Parliament House Canberra; State Parliament House, Victoria

2001 STV, Turkish Television, live performance with Ertugrul Erkisi
2001 Spaceboat TV, Experimental Music Project, Seattle
1998-00 Principal Ney Flute with the Mevlevi of North America

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2022 Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, The Gippsland Art Galleries
2018 Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

2011 The Rupert Bunny Fellowship

2010 Australia Council for the Arts, Skills and Development – Music

2010 Basso Residency, Kreuzberg, Berlin
2010 Point-B Worklodge Residency, New York City

2008 John Coburn Emerging Artist Award

2008 City of Melbourne, Arts Project Grant

2007 Artist in Residence, Australian Embassy, Buenos Aires

2006 KPMG Tutorship

2006 City of Melbourne, Arts Grant

2005 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work – Visual Art

2004 National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Postgraduate Award

2003 Dominique Segan Drawing Prize

DISCOGRAPHY

2009 The Continuum – 8 Tracks, self-published, 51:07
2006 The Dervish Series Soundscape (recorded in the Cheops pyramid, Giza, Egypt) – 2 Tracks, self-published, 20:11

COLLECTIONS

Artbank
KPMG
MacQuarie Bank
Geelong Gallery
Gippsland Art Gallery
City of Port Philip

BIOGRAPHY

2016 Sarah Casscone, The Top 30 Most Exciting Street Artists Right Now: Part I, Artnet, Nov 16, 2016

2016 Andrew Frost, Why A Mountain: An Interview with Peter Daverington, The Art Life, Nov 7, 2016

2016 Bronwyn Watson, Peter Daverington’s Welcome to the pleasure dome at Geelong Gallery, The Australian, April, 2016

2014 Matt A.V. Chaban, Where Audubon Found Repose, Sprayed-On Specimens Alight, New York Times, (front page illus), Nov 10, 2014

2014 Phip Murray, The Bewildering Spectacle, Art Collector, p.160-166, (illus), Oct 2014

2014 Dan Rule, In the galleries: art around Melbourne, The Age, Oct 17, 2014

2014 Phip Murray, On the World Stage, Art Collector, p.76-77, (illus), Jan, 2014

2013 Kirsten Rann, Reviews: International, ARTnews, p.110, Sept, 2013

2013 Sunzhong Qin, Shanghai Evening Post, Front Page, (illus), May 31, 2013

2013 Dan Rule, Around the Galleries- Peter Daverington, The Age, 16 March, 2013

2013 Steve Dow, Big, bold and full of possibilities, Sydney Morning Herald, Jan 1, 2013

2012 Ashley Crawford, The Party Before the Apocalypse, Art Wall, Issue 4, p.8-23 (illus), 2012

2012 Kirsten Rann, Shapeshifter, Art Monthly, p.5-8, (illus), March 2012

2011 Simon Gregg, New Romantics-Darkness and Light in Australian Art, The Glacial, p. 97-106, (illus), 2011

2011 Micaela Boland, Fair Give locals a Brush with Korea, The Age, Sept, 2011

2011 Dan Rule, Peter Daverington, Poiesis, The Age, 24 Sept, 2011

2010 Gunter Schmitt, Eine Weinlandschaft entsteht, General Anzeiger, 14 Aug, 2010

2010 Harbant Gill, Out Of This World, Herald Sun, 18 Jan, 2010

2009 Penny Webb, Galleries-Peter Daverington, The Age, Melbourne Magazine, 11 Dec

2009 Yavuz Uluturk, Ney’in Pesinde bir Avustrayali, ZAMAN, p.17, 27 July 2009

2009 Bryony Nainby, Beyond Imagination,- Into the Abyss, Exhibition Catalogue Essay, Sept, 2009

2009 Cabrilo, Harvey, Stamer, Kings Way-The beginnings of Australian Graffiti, p.184,284, 2009

2008 Harbant Gill, Such Lavish Sprays, Herald Sun, 9 June, 2008

2008 Ashley Crawford, Sublime Aspirations, Australian Art Review, p.20-22, Vol 17, 2008

2008 Annemarie Kylie, Digital Life, Vogue Living, Oct-Dec, 2008

2008 Robert Nelson, Air of trepidation in world of uncertainty, The Age, 27 Oct, 2008

2008 Ashley Crawford, Exhibition Catalogue Essay, Oct, 2008

2008 Virginia Fraser, Wading into Scripture:Bal Taschit, Melbourne, Art Monthly, June 2008

2008 Tracey Clement, When Mars Met Venus, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April, 2008

2007 Harbant Gill, Whirl of his own, Herald Sun, 9 May 2007

2007 Andrew Stephens, Artist puts a fresh spin on Islam, The Age, 21 April 2007

2007 Ali Alizadeh, The Poetics of Sufi Madness, Exhibition Catalogue Essay. Prue Miller, Making a Mark, Australian Art Review, p. 71, Vol 13, May -June, 2007

2007 Jeannette Neumann, Inside Villa 21, Buenos Aires Herald, 4 March 2007

2007 Harbant Gill, Colouring his world, Herald Sun, 12 February 2007

2006 Lorena Oliva, “Extranjeros que vienen para ayudar, una costumbre que se afirma”, LA NACION, 20 January 2006

2006 Megan Backhouse, Awards round-up, The Age, 6 December 2006

2006 Lachlan Macdowell, The Pleasure-Dome, Catalogue Essay, 2006

2005 Knifey, When Worlds Collide, The Art of Peter Daverington, Brain Damage, #13, Polish Aerosol Culture Magazine, (illus), Nov 2005, p. 86 – 88

2005 Karen Burns, Modulations, Catalogue Essay, 2005

2004 Harb Gill, Writing on the Wall, Herald Sun, (illus), 13 March 2004

1998 Tim Carlson, Renegade Painters Come Above Ground, The Georgia Straight, (illus), Vancouver, 18 June 1998

1991 Peter Timms, Melbourne Scene, Art in Australia (illus), p.131,Vol 32, May 1991