charcoal on paper
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2002
Born in 1940 in Sheffield, England, Peter Booth immigrated to Australia in 1958 and has since lived and worked in Melbourne. Booth's work is central to the history of late twentieth century Australian art and he is internationally recognised alongside artists such as Sidney Nolan and Fred Williams. Influenced by the industrial Northern England landscape in which he spent his early years as a labourer, Booth's early paintings were hard-edge abstract works, which over time became dominated by heavy blacks. As his work has evolved into depictions of human figures in the landscape - blacks and dark colours have continued to dominate, underpinning the emotional intensity and complex, evocative narratives that are ever present.
Peter Booth has exhibited widely both in Australia and internationally, representing Australia, with Rosalie Gascoigne at the 1982 Venice Biennale. His work is held in most major Australian art museum collections, and internationally in the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2003, the National Gallery of Victoria held a major retrospective of his work, 'Peter Booth - Human/Nature'. Booth is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney.