Born in Auckland in 1961, Peter Gibson-Smith graduated from Auckland’s School of Fine Arts in 1983. Since 1982, Peter has exhibited in several major solo and private shows in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. Peter has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards, most notably the Francis Hodgkins Fellowship in 1993, and the Wallace Arts Award in 2001. He achieved QEII Arts Council Grants three successive years between 1987 and 1991.
Pushing the boundaries of artistic mediums, Peter’s works of art defy concrete definition. His works question the segregation between high and low art and the dichotomy created when placing the two together. The labour intensive use of older mediums, such as gesso and egg tempera, is coupled with the employment of modern tools, such as machines and computers. The painstaking traditional processes, paralleled with the use of modern technology, raise questions about our relationship with the information accessible in the digital age and the intellectual worth of it all.
2009 Easter Group Show, nkb Gallery, Auckland.
2001 ‘Recommended Reading’, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2000 ‘Colour’, Queen St Galleries, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2000 ‘Backwater’, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington
1997 ‘Artist Screens’, Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland.
1997 Joint exhibition with artists: Bill Hammond, Billy Apple
2001 James Wallace Arts Awards
1996 CNZ Project Grant
1993 Frances Hodgkins Fellowship
1991 QE II Arts Council Grant, Creative Project
1989 QE II Arts Council Grant, Creative Project
District Health Board, Auckland
James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland