Peter H. Marshall
Contemporary Realist Painter of People and Trees
“Every living thing provides an inexhaustible subject for art, the versatility of gesture and the subtleties of expression and personality are endless and inspiring. Capturing the ‘essence of life’ and depicting the elusive character of living form in a subject, is the most exciting challenge I can imagine. A portrait, whether of a person or a tree, without a sense of ‘life’ is merely a superficial likeness without feeling or soul. I have a high regard for the Great Masters of the past and during a two year study tour of Europe and America, I worked in studios in Amsterdam and Paris and studied the work of many of the great artists. The insights and knowledge gained from this experience has informed my own work significantly.
Good draughtsmanship, accurate observation and an understanding of form, Artistic Anatomy, colour, composition, tone and light are the foundations of any accomplished painting and they each play an important role in my work.
Infusing a portrait with the individual character and personality of the subject and the feeling of ‘presence and life’ however, is the ultimate goal.”
– Peter H. Marshall
Peter was born in the Wimmera area of Western Victoria in 1964. After attending the Ronald Crawford School of Painting’ (Meldrum School of Tonal Impessionism) in Melbourne, at the age of seventeen, Peter moved to Sydney in 1989 to study figure drawing, artistic anatomy and etching, full time at the Julian Ashton Art School. He won the Inaugural Sir William Dobell Scholarship for Drawing’ in 1990 an in the same year he became an assistant Tutor at the school, was awarded the ‘Robert LeGay Brereton Prize’ for drawing at the Art Gallery of NSW.
In 1991 Peter was awarded the prestigious A.M.E Bale Travelling and Educational Scholarship’ in Melbourne, enabling him to embark on an extensive study tour throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. During this period Peter studied the work of many European Masters. He lived and worked in studios in Amsterdam and Paris and visited eleven countries during 1992-93 seeing most of the Worlds great Museums and Galleries of Art. After his return to Australia, he spent the next two years devoted to developing oil painting techniques learnt through his experiences and observations in Europe and the USA.
In 1995 the artist returned to Sydney and was employed as a teacher of Painting, Drawing and Etching at the Julian Ashton Art School. The following year he moved to the Central Tablelands of NSW taking a post as teacher of Drawing at the Western Institute of TAFE for one year. This was followed by another period of experimentation and development in painting techniques and a series of important commissions. During the period 2007 -2010 Peter built his own house and studio in the historic village of Rockley. 2010 also saw the artist begin spending more and more time in the Blue Mountains of NSW until he finally moved there the following year where he now lives and works in his studio beside Popes Glen- Blackheath, immersed in the things he loves to paint.
Since 1981 Peter has accumulated multiple awards and honours for his work, has been a finalist in high profile Art Awards, received multiple Portrait commissions, and has exhibited in over sixty group shows in Regional Galleries, Commercial Galleries and Parliament House. He has presented 11 solo exhibitions in Victoria and NSW, and is represented in multiple private and corporate collections in Australia and around the world.