Peter Cederig-Evans might be new to the Gold Coast but he is certainly making himself at home here. The England-born painter is now preparing for his first solo exhibition in Australia, ‘No Foreign Lands’, which opens this week at Dust Temple, Currumbin.
Peter grew up in Cornwall and found his calling for art at a young age. Coming from an artistic family, he held an easel before he started school and his love affair and passion for arts carried on through the years. After finishing school, he went to Bath School of Art and Design to gain a more formal art education and continued from there to complete his Masters degree in Bristol.
Even though Peter initially held a corporate job to support himself, art was always the true love in his life. A contemporary gallery bought his final year show as a student, and gallery representation in London was to follow. Peter continues to be represented by several galleries in England, exhibits frequently and regularly sells both in Europe and internationally.
In 2017, Peter needed ‘a change of scenery’ and moved to Australia. Nowadays Peter calls Currumbin home. While working and living in Australia his art has remained thematically much the same and continues to explore the human experience. Australia has had an effect on his art though; the physical scale has gotten bigger and the colour palette is filled with earthy tones and bright light.
“I love the basic aesthetics of abstract painting. But with illustrative connotations,” Peter describes his style. He notes Rothko, Pollock and Picasso amongst his greatest artistic influences and his art is often described to have strong base in abstract expressionism. Saying this, his art is soft with a dream-like quality to it. It is not overwhelmingly masculine, confronting or aggressive but rather gently luring and complex.
The 15 paintings exhibited in Dust Temple have been painted since he has moved to Australia. These paintings represent new aspects in his art; the desire to paint large scale paintings and the new colour palette, and the desire to dive into the essence of the country. He has deliberately steered clear of painting the coastlines with its familiar themes but has gone deeper underneath the surface to find the hidden faces of Australia. This exhibition might not depict Australia in all its iconic beauty but it truly offers you an insight into the experience, feel and familiarity that is this country.
‘No Foreign Lands’ opens at Dust Temple on 21 April. The Dust Temple on Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters is open Monday to Friday 6.30am – 4pm and Saturday & Sunday 7am – 1pm.