Artwork Description / Detail
Sir Peter Siddell (1935 – 2011)
Signed and dated 2002
‘This painting is more typical of my work than most others in this exhibition. It is based on Auckland where I was born and have lived all my life. A place I call home. Like most of my paintings it is a construction containing elements drawn from things remembered, observed and imagined. The Maori earthworks on the volcanic cones are a constant reminder that our history on these islands goes back far beyond the visits of Cook or Tasman’.
- Sir Peter Siddell
Illustrated: Peter Siddell: Landscape, Published 2002 Artis Gallery p.4
Illustrated: The Art of Peter Siddell, Published 2011 Random House p.237
Peter Siddell: Landscape. Artis Gallery, Parnell 2002
Peter Siddell: Landscape. Touring Exhibition 2002 – 2004
Touring Exhibition Venues:
Dunedin Public Art Gallery,
Southland Museum & Art Gallery,
The Forrester Gallery Oamaru,
Christchurch Art Gallery,
Millennium Art Gallery Blenheim,
Te Manawa Palmerston North,
Hawkes Bay Museum,
City Gallery Wellington,
Rotorua Museum of Art and History
In a sense all of Peter Siddell’s paintings are landscapes. The old wooden villas with their associations of colonial times appear nestled among trees on the slopes of the volcanic cones. Clouds and water also play their part in capturing a feeling of place on the isthmus where the sea and the threat of rain is never far away. For, although Peter Siddell is no topographer, he depends on his everyday environment for the raw material and meanings of his art.
Even in suburban Auckland, landscape is central to his experience and his identity. Its streets and suburbs, both seen and remembered, surface time and again with dreamlike intensity. Siddell’s vision of Auckland is of a kind of arcadia free from the cars, the traffic jams and the pollution of modern life. In such a world, nature and the land still have hegemony.