About the Artist
Michael Peck’s artistic practice is concerned with the sensation of disorientation and dislocation that is often felt within the post modern world. Exploring issues regarding the loss of cultural identity, his work particularly focuses on the effects within minority groups and individuals existing on the fringe who are challenged to assimilate within the larger community.
The scenes in Michael’s paintings are quiet, the participants are paused as they stand withdrawn, juxtaposed against a dynamic population; they are overwhelmed by mass-culture; one which has been composed from the interaction, assimilation and constant change of subcultures. His work looks at the place of the individual within a pluralistic society where a constant shift of values and beliefs leaves a great uncertainty of belonging.
1977 Born in Melbourne, Victoria
1996-8 Bachelor of Fine Art (painting), Monash University.
1999-2000 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honors), Monash University.
2001 Graduate Diploma in education, Melbourne University.
2012 Lecturer. Australian Academy of Design. Melbourne
2004-2010 VCE art and design teacher. Mount Evelyn Christian School, Victoria.
2002-2003 GCSE art and design teacher, Rokeby School, Stratford, London.
2011 & 2012 Resident Artist for play, ‘Namatjira’ Malthouse, Dandenong and Rural Victoria.
Australia, Europe, Asia, United States of America, Vanuatu.
2011 The Landing, Metro Gallery, Melbourne.
2010 It’s Not that it Burns, Dickerson Gallery, Sydney.
2010 This May Hurt, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Michael Peck 2009, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Michael Peck 2008, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne.
2006 Somewhere Culture, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne.
2002 Influence, Gallery 101, Melbourne.
2000 Subtle Shadings of an inherited way of life, Gallery 101, Melbourne.
Selected group Exhibitions.
2012 Paradise Hills, Melbourne’s Burning. Melbourne.
2012 Metro Gallery, Climate Change. Melbourne.
2011 MARS gallery, You’re Welcome. Melbourne. (Charity Fundraiser event)
2011 Ausin Tung Gallery, High Definition II, Melbourne.
2011 Paradise Hills Gallery, High Definition, Melbourne.
2010 Paradise Hills Gallery Launch, Richmond, Melbourne.
2010 Group Drawing Show, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Collingwood Melbourne.
2010 Blender Artists Group show, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne.
2009 Line, Drawing Group show, Mailbox Exhibition Space, Melbourne.
2009 May – June, Selected artists, Dickerson Gallery, Sydney
2008 Small gems, Metro Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 Small gems, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne.
2000 Square, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Melbourne.
2000 Melbourne Art Fair 2000, Royal Exhibition Building Carlton
1999 Panorama, Six emerging Melbourne artists, Gallery 101, Melbourne.
1999, Review- Curators choice, gallery 101, Melbourne.
1998 Impact- art for a world Identity, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne.
1998 Where are we now, Gallery 5, Melbourne.
2011 Finalist for the Archibald Prize Salon Des Refuse, Sydney.
2010 Finalist for the Dobell Drawing prize, The gallery of New South Wales.
2005 Finalist for Metro 5 Award.
2002 Finalist for City of Hobart Art Prize.
1998 Winner National Gallery of Victoria Trustees award.
1999, 1998, 1997, 1996– Shortlisted for Lucato Prize, Monash University.
1996 Awarded most prominent first year painter, Monash University.
2011 Oxford Art Factory wall mural, Sydney.
2003 Goldman & Sachs, London.
2002- 2010 Private commissions in London, New York, Melbourne and Sydney.
- Monash University
- Melbourne Publishing Company
- Victoria Racing Club, Flemington
- Private collections in Australia, London, New York and Hong Kong.
2012 Radio Interview – Triple R, Melbourne. with Richard Watts, SmartArts.
2012 Feature Article – Climate in Pecking Order. The Diamond Valley Leader, January.
2012 Feature Article – Michael Peck. The Australian Art Review, Australia, January 2012 Issue.
2011 Article – Right Now Art, World Of Experiences. Belle Magazine, Australia, Issue Dec/Jan 2011.
2011 Article – Seen & Be Seen Hot 25 List, Harper’s Bazaar, Australia, Issue December.
2011 My Sunday – Michael Peck, Artist. by Max Olijeyk, The Sunday Herald Sun, 4 December
2011 Feature Article – Landing in the Middle of an Identity Crisis, MX magazine, Melbourne, Australia, 21 November.
2011 Front Cover, The Melbourne Review, Australia, Issue 2, November.
2011 Feature article – Michael Peck. The Landing. Artist Profile, Australia, Issue 17.
2011 Article – Artist Michael Peck honours his WWII Grandfathers. by Sally Bennett 18 November, The Herald Sun.
2011 Feature Article – Hidden Meaning by Catherine Lambert. 20 November, The Herald Sun.
2011 Feature Interview- William Wong, Black and White World, Art Malaysia, Issue 13.
2011 Feature article- Acclaim Magazine.
2011 Feature article- Solitude in art, The Peak Magazine, Malaysia.
2010 Newspaper Article– Matthew Clayfield, The Plight of Innocents abroad, The Australian, April 13th2010.
2010 Artwork featured on Cover of Trouble Magazine, May 2010.
2010 Interview- Rita Dimasi, Arts Hub. 13th May,2010
2009 Sunday Arts feature, ABC TV. 31st May 2009.
2009 Artwork featured, Art and Australia, Online Gallery.
2009 Artwork featured in NGV Gallery Magazine.
2009 Feature, Australian Financial review.
2009 Interview- Art in the real world. http://intherealartworld.blogspot.com
2009 Article, MX Newspaper, 12th may.
2008 Radio interview- ABC 774 The conversation hour.
2008 William Jackson, On venturing to find a fit, Diamond Valley Leader, 18th June.
2008 Artwork featured in NGV Gallery magazine
2006 Jeff Makin, Critics Choice, The Herald Sun, 21 June, 2006.
2005 Full page Artwork featured on page 3, The Age, 10 February, 2005.
2002, Radio Interview, RRR.
2002, Holly Evans, Domain Diary, The Age, 10 April, p 2.
2002, Alyce Zydower, Investing in Art, The Age, 22 April, pg 14.
2000 Melbourne Art Fair 2000, Exhibition Catalogue, pp64-5
2000 Artwork pictured in The Age, Entertainment Guide, 31 March.
2000 Jeff Makin, Critics Choice, The Herald Sun, 10 April, p 103.
2000 Robert Nelson, There’s an art to feelings of dislocation, The Age, Today Review, 12 April, p7.
2011- ongoing Paradise Hills Studio Residency, Melbourne.
2009-2010Blender Studios Residency, Melbourne.
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