Michael Peck

  • New Press Article

    March 4, 2012 | Posted By: | Magazine |
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    Within the Layers, a documentary.

    February 24, 2012 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Watch here a documentary on Michael Peck’s The Landing Nov-Dec 2011. By Justin Joffe.

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    November 10, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Editorial by Wendy Cavenett

    On a cool Melbourne day, local artist Michael Peck enters an old blue warehouse in the heart of Richmond. Inside, it’s 1950s ambience with monochrome walls and original period décor. “It’s like being on the set of Mad Men,” Peck says as he climbs the stairs to his studio located on the first floor. On the way he passes a solitary man in a small, boxy office. The secretary – replete with classic French twist and 50s attire – sits in a grey-hued reception area, typing an invoice on an old black and grey typewriter.

    “I love it here,” Peck says. “It suits me perfectly.” It’s true. The setting is perfect when you consider Peck’s oeuvre. Renowned for his monochromatic palette and use of nostalgic imagery, his oil paintings have a unique relationship to time, memory and the idea of memento mori, the Latin phrase commonly translated as “remember that you must die”……. Read More

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    Opening on the 16th November…

    November 10, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    peck_-coverIf  you are in Melbourne on the 16th November please join Michael to celebrate the opening of his latest solo Exhibition, ‘The Landing’. 6-30pm – 8.30pm, Metro Gallery- 1214 High St, Armadale. Victoria. Australia.

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    A new drawing for a new installation……

    November 8, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    November 8, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |
    Michael Peck’s upcoming exhibition “The Landing” is featured in the current issue of Belle magazine. 14 Nov – 3 Dec. Opening night Wed. 16 Nov at Metro Gallery, 6:30-8:30pm.belle-magazine-spread
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    Milk Made Interview….

    October 20, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    michael-peck_fighter-pilot-5_2011_198-x198cm_oil-on-linenClick on the above image to read the recent Interview that Michael Peck did with Milk Studios in New York….

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    October 14, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    michael-peck_target-practice-4_2011_137-x137cm_oil-on-linen‘Target Practice # 4’, Michael Peck, 2011. Oil Paint on Linen.

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    New Fighter-Pilot painting.

    September 9, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    New painting

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    August 30, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Opening this week in Sydney.

    August 23, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    New Painting….. Fighter Pilot

    August 5, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    michael-peck_-fighter-pilot-1_2011_198cm-x-198cm_-oil-on-linenFighter Pilot # 1. Michael Peck, 2011. Oil Paint on Linen. 198cm x 198cm

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    Well worth supporting….

    July 11, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    friends have opened a new gallery…….

    July 10, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Yet to be titled….

    June 27, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael Peck, 2011. 198cm x 198cm. Oil paint on Linen.

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    New Painting

    June 23, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael Peck ‘Target Practice # 1’, 2011. 62cm x62cm . Oil Paint on Linen.

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    May 21, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    acclaim_cover_generic_450Michael Peck’s Acclaim Interveiw…. Read here…

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    Sydney Public Wall Commission

    May 2, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Oxford Art Factory wall, Sydney.  Michael Peck, 2011. 16m x 4m.

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    May 2, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    The time has come for the most highly anticipated exhibition in the Paradise Hills calendar. Featuring a selection of sixteen of Australia’s newest and most prominent painting talent, High Definition pushes painting in this country to the international forefront with fascinating imagery, unprecedented talent and quality that rivals that of any other international sensations. It is an exhibition that not only celebrates current Australian painting but also looks at the way in which new digital media and painting co-exist with each other in this era, with amazing outcomes.

    Artists will include 2010 Archibald and Wynne Prize winner Sam Leach, Fletcher Jones painting prize winner Juan Ford, several Metro Painting Prize finalists Kevin Chin, Ry David Bradley, Michael Staniak and Andre Piguet, as well artists that have already received great national acclaim and have been represented or shown at several major galleries including Sullivan and Strumpf, Dianne Tanzer, Nellie Castan, Helen Gory, Chalk Horse, Charles Nodrum, Metro, Lindberg and Gallery Ecosse.

    Also featured at the opening will be three live music performances from some young musical talents set to make big things happen on the national and world stages, with some already touring country. Bands include The Townhouses, Milk Teddy and Oscar Slorach-Thorn from Oscar + Martin.

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    May 1, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Drew Funk @ No Vacancy, Melbourne.

    March 21, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Assisting with the installation of Drews exhibition at No Vacancy in Melbourne.

    The exhibition is gearing up to be one of his best yet. Consisting of a series of finely detailed drawings, the works simultaneously display his patience and energy.  A show not to be missed. Drew Funk’s ‘Black Linings’ opens on Thursday the 24th of March at 6.30.

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    New ink drawing

    January 27, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Back in the studio……. painting.

    January 13, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    New work. First ink study for 2011.

    January 8, 2011 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    November 23, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |



    Come along to support this cause. The annual Lighthouse Foundation Art Auction will be held at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art on December 2nd. Artworks by Michael Peck, Anthony Lister, David Bromley, Adrian Doyle and many more contemporary Australian artists will be auctioned to provide vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness with a stable environment.


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    Michael Peck selected as a finalist for the prestigious Dobell Drawing Prize.

    November 4, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael Peck have been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Dobell Drawing Prize for his Drawing installation ‘The Land Stood Empty’. The Announcement of the winner will be made on 5th November at The Gallery of NSW. The drawing will be hanging in the gallery until January 2011.

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    October 7, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Michael Peck Drawing Installation.

    September 18, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Paraidse Hills Drawing Installation. India ink on archival paper. 180 x 430cm.


    Detail # 1


    Detail# 2.

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    August 25, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    New Ink Project

    August 25, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    A project I’ve been working on over the past couple of months. A drawing installation comrising 180 ink drawings of a changing landscape. It will be exhibited at Yarra Sculpture Garden, Melbourne mid September.

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    New for Sydney.

    August 10, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael Peck- Threats and Promises, 82cm x 36cm. Oil on Linen. 2010.

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    Something new.

    June 26, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Something new from the studio – Miniatures.

    May 18, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Some very small ink drawings I am developing for a series of jewellery.

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    Drawing installation

    May 17, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael Peck’s drawing installation from included in his ‘This May Hurt’ exhibition at Metro Gallery, Melbourne.

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    Michael Peck’s latest review on Arts Hub.

    May 14, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Pecks in TROUBLE!

    May 2, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Michael Peck- Metro Gallery 2010. 3rd-23rd May

    April 18, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael Peck is showing at Metro gallery from the 3rd – 23rd May at Metro Gallery.

    Opening night and drinks happens on the 5th May.

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    Michael Peck is on Facebook- Become a Fan.

    April 11, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    A Black and White Friday

    April 3, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |



    I’ve spent the last week completing the last paintings to send to Metro Gallery. Its a good feeling but at the same time the studio will feel bare without any work in it. The show opens on the 5th of May. There will be large 16 paintings and a bunch of small ink works on paper. Most of the paintings have allready sold but I will deliver the works on paper about a week before the opening so that there is still something available on the night.

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    March 18, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    In the studio with the newest and largest painting for my coming solo show at Metro Gallery in May.

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    Magnus McTavish Vs Michael Peck

    March 7, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Something from the studio.

    March 5, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Documentary film makers Erica Ahnfeldt and Tom Doman have spent considerable time in the blender over the past week and are working towards producing a piece about the blender artists.

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    In the studio

    February 15, 2010 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    In the Blender studios with some new work in progress. Photo by Julian Distefano.

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    Blender Survey Show 2010.

    December 30, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |



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    Mailbox 141 Opening.

    December 30, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |



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    Blek Le Rat does the Blender.

    December 10, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |



    On his way out of Melbourne on Monday Blek Le Rat popped into the blender studios for one last visit. After a barbeque and a few beers he left his mark on the famous Blender alleyway.

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    Mailbox 141 Exhibition Opening.

    December 9, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    LINE (drawing) – MAILBOX 141

    15 DECEMBER 2009 – 22 JANUARY 2010

    Jan Berg

    Fergus Binns

    Starlie Geikie

    Nathan Gray

    Christopher LG Hill

    Angela Leech

    Brandt McCook

    Annee Miron

    Claire Mooney

    Michael Peck

    Vin Ryan

    Elissa Sadgrove

    Lynette Smith

    Elke Varga

    Irene Wellm

    Stephen Wickham

    Sixteen artists working in one mailbox each

    were sent a card with a horizontal line marked in white ink

    are asked to respond to the line as a material beginning

    and to the idea of a continuous articulated line across the boxes.
    For more information please contact curator 0408 110 109
    Thanks to the exhibiting artists and their representing galleries – Uplands, Place, Metro,

    Catherine Asquith & Stephen McLaughlan Gallery.

    MAILBOX 141. Entrance, 141 - 143 Flinders Lane Melbourne.

    Mon/Fri 7am-7pm Sat 12-6pm

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    November 22, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    Something New.

    October 24, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael Peck 2009 “Untitled”,

    Pigmented ink on card, 23 x 11 cm.

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    New work

    October 17, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael Peck, Untitled, Oil on canvas, 167X167cm. 2009.

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    The blender artists make art for a cause.

    September 19, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Artists from the blender made their way down to Federation Square today to compete in an art prize and raise money and food for the homeless in Melbourne. Michael Peck, Regan Tamanui, Adrian Doyle, Joseph Flynn, Ero and Drew Funk formed a team to compete against 30 artists from 11  Melbourne studios. Each Studio was given 1 hour to create an exquisite corpse painting, an artwork composed of three sections each made by a different artist. Although the blender crew, in true fashion, arrived late and unprepared we managed to pull it together to create the winning artwork! A combined stencil and ink painting created by Regan Tamanui, Michael Peck and Adrian Doyle was awarded first prize.


    The Blender crew at work.



    The winning artwork by Regan Tamanui, Michael Peck and Adrian Doyle.  Poet Matt Lawry puts the final touches to the artwork by writing his prose into the shadows of Michael Pecks ink drawing.

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    My new studio at The Blender

    September 19, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |



    I spent the week setting up my new studio at the blender studios in Franklin St, Melbourne. It’s now very white and pretty empty. Time to get some work done!

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    September 10, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


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    The finished Zaishu Box.

    August 19, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

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    The final outcome for a design collaboration I worked on

    with David Hagger, Kano Hollamby and Vexta.

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    New Work

    August 18, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael Peck, Amnesty, 2009. Oil on Linen. 137 x 137cm

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    My Zaishu Stool design

    August 4, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    A few years ago my friend David Hagger curated an exhibition of Zaishu stools decorated by different artists. He had a few panels leaning up against a wall in his house so I thought I’d take one into the studio. This was the outcome, an Indian ink drawing based on recent works I exhibited at Metro Gallery.

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    Something from the sketchbook

    July 15, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Just a random drawing from my sketchbook.

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    Animation project

    July 11, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    This is a slight departure from painting. As a side project I’ve been creating some animated work which seeks to extend some of the themes I explore in my paintings. Up till now I have just been developing some short animated story-boards so the quality is low and the images are not very detailed. However, the plan is to find visual solution which is closer to the aesthetic of the paintings. If you click on the link you can see a small section of the animation posted on youtube.  Nothing much happens yet…………but it will. These things take time!

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    Michael Peck interviewed by Arts Hub.

    July 9, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Michael peck is the current feature artist on Arts Hub.

    ArtsHub Q&A Michael Peck – Artist

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    That depends on what age I was at the time. Here we go, starting from about the age of three and ending somewhere in my early thirties (now); Batman, fireman, policeman, garbage man (I’d still like to hang off the back of a truck!), professional skateboarder, professional surfer, landscape gardener, builder, furniture designer, architect, wealthy entrepreneur, poor humanitarian worker, or an artist. I’m still not sure what I want to be!

    What did you become?
    An artist/designer/teacher.

    What’s your official title?
    As a teacher my students call me Mr.Peck, however this is a title which no 31 year old should ever be called. I guess professionally I’m a visual artist.

    What’s your background – how did you end up here?
    I have always loved anything where I get to be creative and see my ideas being put to use in the real world. I grew up with pencils in my hand, I spray painted walls as a teenager and I discovered oil paint when I was eighteen. Although there have been many things I’d like to have explored, there never seemed to be an equal alternative to becoming an artist. When I completed my fine arts degree at Monash University, I was picked up by Gallery 101 in Melbourne and people seemed to like my work. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit and produce commissioned work in London and New York. I’ve been exhibiting at Metro Gallery for the past 5 years.

    How would you describe your work to a complete stranger?
    Normally when I tell people I am a painter they ask me if I paint houses! People are not always easily convinced that being an artist is a career so normally I keep it simple; I paint pictures, I exhibit, I open myself up to scrutiny but I love what I do.

    What’s the first thing career related you usually do each day?
    I normally start in the studio at about 8.30 but I like to take the first half an hour just getting into the right frame of mind. I choose the right music depending on the type of painting I am doing and then I take time to look at each of the paintings I have in progress and think about the directions I will take them. If I do not take the time to do this I rush into my work and make mistakes, or worse, it begins to feel like work!

    Can you describe an “average” working day for you?
    I always have a few paintings going at any given time so I spend the majority of my time in the studio in front of the canvases. My days are pretty routine; I arrive, choose music to play, paint until lunch when my wife and kid’s come to visit, and then I paint up until about 6.00. I always have my laptop next to me in the studio so all of my administrative tasks can be done in between painting. I have a few friends who also do the same so often we email each other about what we are working on.

    Who or what in the arts world most inspires you?
    I am really inspired by art in public places- Art which you engage with when your not thinking about engaging with art; Graffiti, public sculpture, fashion, architecture and design all inspire me. Recently I have also been following a number of artist’s blogs. I love that these are constantly changing and do not seem to be limited only to showcasing artworks but more importantly give insight into how the artist’s day to day experiences contribute to new ideas.

    What’s the toughest challenge you’ve dealt with on the job?
    Earlier on, the greatest difficulty was to get my work noticed. Artists always run the risk of working really hard and then having no one pay any attention.

    What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given for your career?
    I ignored it! On the first day at art school I was warned that in reality only one student each year will actually go on to a successful career as an artist! The second best advice was that if I wanted to have a successful career as an artist I needed to be very stubborn and not listen to smart advice!

    What are the top three skills you need in your particular role?
    1. You have to be passionate, creative and skilled as an art maker.
    2. You need to be able to finish projects and not go on tangents every time a new idea emerges.
    3. You need to be good with people but accept that not everyone will always understand or like what you do. You need to be prepared for lots of knock-backs but at the same time make the most of good opportunities.

    What’s the best thing about your job?
    I get to do what I love and I get to put the best of me into something which I think is meaningful and purposeful.

    And the worst?
    Feeling uninspired and trying to force it!

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    The 2009 Gertrude St Projection Festival

    July 5, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    We took the kids along to see the projections on Gertrude street in Fitzroy tonight. In most cases the projections where fairly uninspired and we were a little disappointed, however, the collaborative piece by Artist Yandell Walton and animator Tobias J was captivating. Their work utilised the natural shadows in the space beautifully. By placing and morphing animated trees and creatures  into the environment the two artists perfectly adressed the festival’s theme of dreams and illusion. I’d love to see the response of some poor guy stumbling back from the pub at two in the morning when he’s  confronted by a tree which suddenly transforms into a 6 metre monster with a crocodile head and squid tentacles!

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    Night walkers by Yandell Walton and animator Tobias J.

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    If an artwork can capture a two and a half year old boys attention for longer than 10 seconds the artist is definitely onto a good thing!

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    Some more photo’s from Sydney

    July 1, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |
    A beautiful section of graf which has started to peel of in the weather.

    A beautiful section of graf which has started to peel of in the weather.

    A place I visited called 'The Office Space'. Run by friends of mine, they incorporate art and design into everything they do.

    A place I visited called 'The Office Space' which is owned by friends of mine. They incorporate art and design into everything they do.

    The plane, the plane!

    The plane, the plane!

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    June 30, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |
    Surry Hills, Sydney

    Surry Hills, Sydney

    I spent the last weekend in sydney for a forum run by artlink magazine.  The forum was interesting, covering topics such as the changing climates of arts publishing, issues to do with copyright and freedom of expression. As an artist who appropriates much of my imagery from random sources it was interesting to hear other artists perspectives on the topic aswell as what the lawyers had to say. It was fascinating to see the ways in which many contemporary video artists are taking the process a step further, by reinterpetting existing films through the process of splicing, layering and digitalising old film into new contexts and narratives.

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    The opening of James Makin’s new gallery.

    June 30, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |
    Michael Peck, Egneta Ekholm, Yvanne Peck and David Hagger.

    Michael Peck, Egneta Ekholm, Yvanne Peck and David Hagger.

    This photo was taken a few weeks ago at the opening of James Makin’s new gallery in Collingwood, Melbourne. A very exciting event, lots of media, great art and all the alcohol was finished!

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    In the studio.

    June 22, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |
    Sometimes, I get to a point with a painting when it just all comes together. The whole painting process can be a stuggle and then all of a sudden one element, one new layer just makes it pop! This painting has been sitting in the studio for a few weeks just frustrating me! However, peace was restored today! I wish I could say that for the rest of the world.

    Sometimes, I get to a point with a painting when it just all comes together. The whole painting process can be a stuggle and then all of a sudden one element, one new layer just makes it pop! This painting has been sitting in the studio for a few weeks just frustrating me! However, peace was restored today! I wish I could say that for the rest of the world.

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    Hannah Bertram- ‘Now they are gone, I hold them’.

    June 11, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |
    Hannah Bertram Installation- Detail

    Hannah Bertram Installation- Detail


    Hannah Bertram dust installation

    Hannah is the only artist I know who has an opening as well as a closing for her exhibitions.  Her ornamented dust installations take days to carefully layer through a process of stenciling and cleaning the patterns into a dusted or weathered surface. As these works are non permanent, they are beautiful and precious in their transience. Hannah’s work will be  at Dianne Tanzer Gallery,  Melbourne until Saturday 27th June when the piece will be ceremoniously swept away.

    Now they are gone, I hold them
    Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
    108-110 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
    30 May 2009 – 27 June 2009
    Closing Performance: Saturday 27 June 2009, 3pm

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    Heres a real painter!

    June 11, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |
    Morri always paints at the end of the day. He pushes me out, we put up a big canvas and he paints!

    Morri always paints at the end of the day. He pushes me out, we put up a big canvas and he paints!

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    Back in the studio.

    June 11, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |
    New works for a new show.

    New works for a new show.

    There's not much romance here, just mess!

    Not much romance here, just mess!

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    Michael Peck’s paintings at Dickerson Gallery, Sydney

    June 2, 2009 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |
    Michael Peck will exhibit three large paintings at Dickerson until the 24th June 2009.


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    The sound of bees and helicopters, 2007.
    The sound of bees and helicopters, 2007.

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