Peter Siddell is identified with his depictions of the environs of Auckland in a hard-edged realist style. While his works appear to be records of actual places, most of Siddell’s paintings have a subjective component. Memory association and invention play roles in those compositions.
He avoids figures and narrative to keep the stillness and super-real order of his imagery, which resonates at the subconscious level. His paintings seem to move beyond ordinary time, combining memory into our current reality.
In 1991 Siddell was awarded the Queens Service Order in the New Years Honours as a testament to his services in the Arts and in January 2008 he was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM).
His paintings are included in the collections of every major gallery in New Zealand including the Auckland City Art Gallery (4 works) the National Gallery (3 works) and also the McDougall, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Waikato Art Gallery and the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson
Siddell’s work is represented in the Fletcher Challenge, Bank of New Zealand and Telecom Corporate Collections. There are also several works in the Brierley collection. Overseas he represents New Zealand in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs collection.
Peter Siddell is New Zealand’s master technician of the New Realism movement and his works that are uniquely New Zealand in style and context are held in esteem on a worldwide marketplace.