Michael Peck

Michael Peck participates in a project of world making, creating spaces so intimate that the viewer cannot help but to feel as if they have stumbled upon a scene not meant for their eyes. There is an uncanny ambiguity as to the intent of his child subjects. The intensity of their concentration is mesmerising but the question lingers: are they innocents engaged in the imaginary games of childhood or survivalists adapting to a world without adult supervision and denied the luxury of play? Peck’s works embody a photographic stillness suggesting a caught moment in the midst of flurried action. There is a calm that belies the activity within, children’s hands, birds’ wings and flowing creeks all temporarily stilled. The artist’s works raise questions about childhood and innocence, about the relationship between culture and nature and progress and conflict. The beauty lies in the absence of a clear answer, the works open up a plethora of possibilities and leave the audience the freedom to seek their own answers.

Biography

Education


1977
Born in Melbourne, Victoria


1996-8
Bachelor of Fine Art (painting), Monash University


1999-2000
Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Monash University


2001
Graduate Diploma in education, Melbourne University


2013
Visual Arts Program Leader, Academy of Design, Melbourne, Australia


2013
Self- Employed Artist


2012
Sessional Lecturer, Academy of Design, Australia. Melbourne, Australia


2010 – 2012
Self- Employed Artist


2004-2010
Full time VCE art and design teacher. Mount Evelyn Christian School, Victoria


2002-2003
Full time GCSE art and design teacher, Rokeby School, Stratford, London

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2013
Love & Fear, Metro Gallery, VIC, Australia


2011
The Landing, Metro Gallery, VIC, Australia


2010
It’s Not that it Burns, Dickerson Gallery, NSW, Australia
This May Hurt, Metro Gallery, VIC, Australia


2009
Michael Peck 2009, Metro Gallery, VIC, Australia


2008
Michael Peck 2008, Metro 5 Gallery, VIC, Australia


2006
Somewhere Culture, Metro 5 Gallery, VIC, Australia


2002
Influence, Gallery 101, VIC, Australia


2000
Subtle Shadings of an inherited way of life, Gallery 101, VIC, Australia


Selected Group Shows


2013
Studio artists group show, Paradise Hills, VIC, Australia
So Long, My Forebear, Paradise Hills, VIC, Australia
Another Time, Another Place, Metro Gallery, VIC, Australia
Shades, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA, USA
Art Collector Starter Kit, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA, USA
Wider Than A Postcard. Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR, USA


2012
Namatjira Project, South Australian Museum, SA, Australia
Melbourne’s Burning, Paradise Hills, VIC, Australia
Climate Change, Metro Gallery, Climate Change, Melbourne


2011
You’re Welcome, MARS gallery, VIC, Australia
High Definition II, Ausin Tung Gallery, VIC, Australia
High Definition, Paradise Hills Gallery, VIC, Australia


2010
Paradise Hills Gallery Launch, VIC, Australia
Group Drawing Show, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, VIC, Australia
Blender Artists Group show, Off the Kerb Gallery, VIC, Australia


2009
Line, Drawing Group show, Mailbox Exhibition Space, VIC, Australia
May – June, Selected artists, Dickerson Gallery, NSW, Australia


2008
Small gems, Metro Gallery, VIC, Australia


2007
Small gems, Metro 5 Gallery, VIC, Australia
Square, Gallery 101, Melbourne, VIC, Australia


2000
Melbourne Art Fair, VIC, Australia


1999
Panorama: Six emerging Melbourne artists, Gallery 101, VIC, Australia
Review- Curators choice, Gallery 101, VIC, Australia


1998
Impact- art for a world Identity, Monash University Gallery, VIC, Australia
Where are we Now, Gallery 5, VIC, Australia

Awards and Recognition


2013


Winner for the People’s Choice Nillumbik Art Prize, VIC, Australia
Finalist for Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize, QLD, Australia
Finalist for the Black Swan Portraiture Art Prize, WA, Australia
Finalist for the Nillumbik Art Prize, VIC, Australia
Finalist for the Sulman prize, AGNSW, NSW, Australia


2012
Finalist and awarded highly commended, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, NSW,Australia
Finalist for the Archibald Prize, AGNSW, NSW, Australia


2011
Finalist for the Archibald Prize Salon Des Refuse, NSW, Australia


2010
Finalist for the Dobell Drawing prize, The gallery of New South Wales, NSW, Australia


2005
Finalist for Metro 5 Award, VIC, Australia


2002
Finalist for City of Hobart Art Prize, TAS, Australia


1998
Winner National Gallery of Victoria Trustees award, VIC, Australia


1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
Shortlisted for Lucato Prize, Monash University, VIC, Australia


1996
Awarded most prominent first year painter, Monash University, VIC, Australia

Collections


Monash University
Melbourne Publishing Company
Victoria Racing Club
Flemington Private collections in Australia, London, NewYork and Hong Kong

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Vermillion Study #8
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Vermillion Study #7
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Vermillion Study #3
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Topophilia
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Michael Peck Topophilia, 2014 oil on birch 120 x 120 cm
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The Pass
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Michael Peck The Pass, 2014 oil on birch 100 x 100 cm
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The Divine
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Michael Peck The Divine, 2014 oil on birch 160 x 120 cm
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Story
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Michael Peck Story, 2014 oil on birch 42 x 42 cm
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Stick Study
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck Stick Study, 2013 Ink on paper 16 x 52 cm
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Patience
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck Patience, 2014 oil on birch 100 x 100 cm
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New Recruit #11
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck New Recruit #11, 2012 oil on linen 237 x 194 cm
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Language
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Michael Peck Language, 2014 oil on birch 42 x 42 cm
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Landscape study #4
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck Landscape study #4, 2013 ink on paper 10 x 10 cm
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Ink Drawing #40 For the Landing
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck Ink Drawing #40 For the Landing, 2011 ink on paper 40 x 35 cm
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Hunting
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck Hunting, 2013 ink on card 30 x 26 cm
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Float
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck Float, 2014 oil on birch 100 x 100 cm
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Continuum
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck Continuum, 2014 oil on birch 125 x 125 cm
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Calm
Michael Peck
A$ 18,000.00 AUD
Michael Peck Calm, 2014 oil on birch 182 x 122 cm
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A Notion of Sanctuary #7
Michael Peck
A$ 410.00 AUD
Michael Peck A Notion of Sanctuary #7, 2014 Signed Incribed Dated 'A Notion of Sanctuary #7 Mpeck 2014' ink on paper 20 x 20 cm
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A Notion of Sanctuary #15
Michael Peck
A$ 510.00 AUD
Michael Peck A Notion of Sanctuary #15, 2014 Signed Incribed Dated 'A Notion of Sanctuary #15 Mpeck 2014' ink on paper 28 x 28 cm
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A Notion of Sanctuary #13
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck A Notion of Sanctuary #13, 2014 Signed Incribed Dated 'A Notion of Sanctuary #13 Mpeck 2014' ink on paper 28 x 28 cm
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A Notion of Sanctuary #12
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A$ 410.00 AUD
Michael Peck A Notion of Sanctuary #12, 2014 Signed Incribed Dated 'A Notion of Sanctuary #12 Mpeck 2014' ink on paper 20 x 20 cm
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A Notion of Sanctuary #1
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck A Notion of Sanctuary #1, 2014 Signed Incribed Dated 'A Notion of Sanctuary #1 Mpeck 2014' Ink on paper 20 x 20 cm
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A Memory of Place
Michael Peck
A$ 18,000.00 AUD
Michael Peck A Memory of Place, 2014 oil on birch 176 x 122 cm
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New Recruit #4, 2012, Oil on Belgian Linen, 236 x 205 cm

New Recruit #6, 2012, Oil on linen, 152 x 152 cm

Vermilion Study #5, 2013, Ink on watercolour paper, 34 x 34 cm

Vermilion Study #14, 2013, Ink on watercolour paper, 33.5 x 27.5 cm

Vermilion Study #18, 2013, Ink on watercolour paper, 33.5 x 30 cm

The Ghost of Little River, 2013, oil on linen, 260 x 150cm

Float, 2014, Oil on birch, 100 x 100 cm

The Divine, 2014, Oil on birch, 120 x 160 cm

Topophilia, 2014, oil on birch, 120 x 120 cm

A Notion of Sanctuary #1, 2014, Ink on paper, 20 x 20 cm

Language, 2014, oil on birch, 42 x 42 cm

Continuum, 2014, oil on birch, 125 x 125 cm

A Notion of Sanctuary #12, 2014, Ink on paper, 20 x 20 cm

A Notion of Sanctuary #7, 2014, Ink on paper, 20 x 20cm

New Recruit #9, 2012, Oil on linen, 198 x 198 cm

New Recruit #4, 2012, Oil on Belgian Linen, 236 x 205 cm

New Recruit #6, 2012, Oil on linen, 152 x 152 cm

Vermilion Study #5, 2013, Ink on watercolour paper, 34 x 34 cm

Vermilion Study #14, 2013, Ink on watercolour paper, 33.5 x 27.5 cm

Vermilion Study #18, 2013, Ink on watercolour paper, 33.5 x 30 cm

The Ghost of Little River, 2013, oil on linen, 260 x 150cm

The Divine, 2014, Oil on birch, 120 x 160 cm

The Divine, 2014, Oil on birch, 120 x 160 cm

Topophilia, 2014, oil on birch, 120 x 120 cm

A Notion of Sanctuary #1, 2014, Ink on paper, 20 x 20 cm

Language, 2014, oil on birch, 42 x 42 cm

Continuum, 2014, oil on birch, 125 x 125 cm

A Notion of Sanctuary #12, 2014, Ink on paper, 20 x 20 cm

A Notion of Sanctuary #7, 2014, Ink on paper, 20 x 20cm

New Recruit #9, 2012, Oil on linen, 198 x 198 cm

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