Peter Tyndall

detail: A Person Looks At A Work of Art/someone looks at something..., c. 1975
watercolour and ink on paper
1 work at 24 x 70.5 cm (image); 6 works at 24.5 x 18 cm (image)

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Purchased directly from the artist by Dr Colin Laverty in November 1975, with the exception of the last work which was a gift from the artist to Colin.


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Peter Tyndall’s lifelong project has been the ironic deconstruction of art in an age of mechanical and digital reproduction, mass consumerism and what the artist calls “the cult of art”. His work has been aptly described by Anneke Jaspers as the “programmatic analysis of the act of looking” in an “anti-aesthetic approach to painting” (‘Art of the Second Degree’ in Pop to Popism, 2014, pp. 234, 236). But his wry, playful works also explore a deeper spiritualism derived as much from Buddhist or Christian theology as they are from a secular interrogation of modern idols in popular culture. 

All of Tyndall’s work share the manifold title – ‘detail / A Person Looks At A Work Of Art / someone looks at something…’ – which critiques the influence of a passive viewing audience. His work questions the way our gaze is manipulated and directed by all manner of societal or visual forces. These works from the 1970s in particular focus on the academised brand of conceptual art emerging out of postmodernism and Pop Art. All the works bear a stamp from the “Fosterville Institute of Applied and Progressive Cultural Experience”, a faux institution of Tyndall’s creation which plays on the trite appellations and euphemisms used by art schools and galleries to sell themselves to the public. Reduced to basic geometric shapes and colours in ink and pencil, the works poke fun at the deification of artists, especially the reductionist, minimalist aesthetic that thrived at the time they were made.

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  • detail: A Person Looks At A Work of Art/someone looks at something...
  • detail: A Person Looks At A Work of Art/someone looks at something...
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Peter Tyndall (b. 1951) has exhibited for over four decades in Australia and internationally after his breakout exhibition, The Democratic Art Show at the experimental George Paton and Ewing Galleries, Melbourne (1974). Selected major solo shows incude: PETER TYNDALL: PRINTS FROM THE AUSTRALIEN PORTFOLIO, 1988, Spare Room 33, Canberra (2015); Death and the Viewer, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (1996); Postcards: Peter Tyndall Contemporary Art Archive 5, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1994). He participated in multiple Sydney Biennales (1984, 1986, 1990); the 1985 Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and the seminal POPISM show at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (1982). Major group shows for Tyndall include: Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2017); Pop to Popism, AGNSW, Sydney (2014); and Three Views of Emptiness, Buddhism and The Art of Tim Johnson, Lindy Lee and Peter Tyndall, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2001). His works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; and public, private, regional and corporate collections in Australia and overseas. Peter Tyndall is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.