Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 381

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 394
isiiad - Michael Peck-Archibald Finalist 2012

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 326

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 339

Michael Peck-Archibald Finalist 2012

Michael_Peck_copy

Michael Peck  Self-portrait in the image of my son, 2012  oil on linen 206 x 237.5cm  ©Michael Peck Archibald Finalist 2012

Did I use the word incomparable to describe the artist Michael Peck earlier this week?

I've sat in front of my computer for too long, gazing at his self portrait, wondering how to best share my experience of meeting him a couple of weeks ago. I'm a bit awestruck frankly. His paintings are as rich and multilayered as the conversation we had.  So where to start?

While Michael Peck lives nearby in Eltham, his studio is in Richmond in the same building as a printing workshop. Once in the studio we quickly settled into a chat about Michael's passion for painting.  A true artist, he's driven to paint every day, and when he's not painting he's thinking about the next painting or sketching ideas that just bubble up in a seemingly inexhaustible supply. His work bench is stacked with small ink drawings and watercolours, all explorations of a variety of themes. Against one wall was another painting from the series of work that resulted in his Archibald shortlisting.  It was a jawdropping experience to see it.

The theme of war is front and centre in this body of work.  Michael keenly remembers dressing up in soldier's gear as a young boy.  He observes his own sons doing the same.  He's interested in the naivety at the centre of that. He freely admits "I'm naive about war."  The beautiful face of the boy (his son), rendered with such care and perhaps reverence, could be seen as the act of a loving father.  He talks so affectionately of his children. He also remembers that his grandfathers didn't talk about their experiences in the second world war.  He wonders why that was and what they might have revealed if they had. He wanted me to know that the paintings are not about young boys being enlisted into armies across the world, though I suspect others may have read that into them.  He's wanting to capture that fascination so many young boys have for war and the trappings of war, without understanding the gut wrenching brutality of it...which undoubtedly his grandparents knew all too well. This is a very personal body of work.  

Michael_Peck_2

Michael_Peck_3

Michael_Peck_1

When you go out to TWMA to view the Archibald and walk into the main gallery, direct your eyes right and you will see his enormous canvas positively glowing off the wall.  The beauty of it is that he doesn't paint simply to have that wow factor effect. There's no conscious trickery in his work.  The power of it results from an artist prepared to dig deeply into his own soul, listen carefully to what it tells him and bravely offer it up to the world in paint on canvas. His Self portrait in the image of my son therefore works on so many levels.

In the end, in the same way that you have to be directly in front of his self portrait to feel the full knockout force of it, you probably had to be there with me, chatting about life and art with Michael Peck, to appreciate his indescribable talent and his all consuming passion for his arts practice. In researching this piece, I found an interview conducted by Richard Morecroft, with Michael and another 2012 Archibald finalist Jodi Daley.  Check it out via this link. You'll get the flavour of what I'm talking about.

I'm going to go out on a limb here.   If Michael Peck keeps painting like this, he's a shoo-in to take out the Archibald Prize in the not too distant future!

Yep... I think the word incomparable works perfectly to describe the 2012 Archibald finalist Michael Peck.

Michael is represented by Metro Gallery.

You can see this and the other 2012 Archibald finalist works at TarraWarra Museum of Art until the 8th July.

 


Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Yering Station

Yering Station Maria Coyle©, Children Chatting, ceramic (in foreground). A very good friend regards Yering Station as the best place to eat in the Yarra Valley. Sadly, when I went… More…

The Lomandra Project

The Lomandra Project and Wendy Jane Sheppard The third stop on my Healesville shop crawl, The Artist's Lounge revealed two great artists, weaver Adrienne Kneebone and painter… More…

Archibald Finalist Ken Done

Ken Done Archibald Finalist Ken Done and partner Judy made the trip from Sydney for the festivities at TarraWarra Museum of Art, for the opening of the 2011 Archibald Prize. I… More…

A 'Clandestine' Exhibition

A 'Clandestine' Exhibition ...those words pretty much sum this one up! ACME et al have done it again. They've put on an exhibition that's a little bit of 'naughty' and a lot of… More…

Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2011

Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2011 Anna-Maria Plescia©, Anew, Calico and toothpicks, 152x50x25cm. (Detail) I've got one word for you about the Yering Station… More…

Malcolm Peel's labyrinthine studio reflects his work.

Malcolm Peel's labyrinthine studio reflects his work. Labyrinth is the best word to describe Malcolm Peel's studio. 'Invitations' to walk up and down the corridors and explore the… More…

Sioux Dollman

Sioux Dollman In the case of this Yarra Valley Open Studio artist, it's all about the house. As these photos will attest, Sioux Dollman has applied her background in sculpture to… More…

Life Drawing at ACME et al

Life Drawing at ACME et al- Deshabille The French- English dictionary says the word deshabille means partly dressed, undressed or carelessly dressed. Partly dressed and undressed… More…

Hamish Knox

Hamish Knox at Christmas Hills. I first met Hamish Knox via a phone call. At one stage, while looking for my little piece of heaven in Warrandyte, I was toying with the idea of… More…

Antonio Villella revisited.

Antonio Villella revisited. Great news!! Antonio Villella is having an exhibition of his work in Malvern. My friend and I were very taken with the same fruitwood sculpture. What… More…

Antonio Villella

Antonio Villella I'm up early this morning to write this as Antonio is bringing one of his sculptures over to Isiiad this morning. We're going to see if it fits in the spot that I… More…

Yarra Valley Open Studios Artist- Ember Fairbairn

Yarra Valley Open Studio's Artist- Ember Fairbairn This weekend will see artists across the Yarra Valley open their studios to the public. I've had a great time catching up with… More…

Michelle Mischkulnig

Michelle Mischkulnig Who could resist the riot of colour that is a hallmark of Michelle Mischkulnig's textiles. Judging from the huge success of her recent exhibition at Yering… More…

Justin Purser

Justin Purser. Sometimes I'm really driven to meet an artist or artisan and things will conspire to make that happen. That was certainly the case with Justin Purser. I first saw… More…

Jenny Reddin pours to perfection

Jenny Reddin pours to perfection. My latest hunt for great things to show you led me to Not the Archies. That led me to Margaret McLoughlin. Then last week to Jenny Reddin. Both… More…

Mt Rael's Artist Escape

Mt Rael's Artist Escape Song Ling © My Name is Fartunate- self portrait Finalist 2011 Archibald Prize. The Archibald at Tarrawarra Museum of Art has been a coup for the whole of… More…

Textile Extravaganza at ACME et al

Textile Extravaganza at ACME et al. Today I went over to Yarra Glen to see Yering Station for the first time. I spent the first hour there with my mouth open saying "Wow!" way too… More…

HCAS + Food

HCAS + Food = Happiness What a winning formula! The Yarra Valley does it again! The Healesville Contemporary Art Space marries food and art to perfection. I know I've gushed about… More…

Painter,sculptor Antonio Villella

Painter, sculptor Antonio Villella I was so excited when the invitation came through to Antonio Villella's exhibition. You might remember him from the Yarra Valley Open… More…

Archibald Finalist- Kate Tucker

Archibald Finalist- Kate Tucker Kate Tucker Melody (you’re the only one who saves me) – portrait of Missy Higgins, 2012 acrylic on linen, 155 x 125cm © Kate Tucker Archibald… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.