Peter Godwin at Defiance Gallery

Posted: October 20, 2012 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions
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If you are in Sydney this show is a must see! There is such depth in his blues…

‘Paris Apartment, Night Window’ 2011, egg tempera on hemp on marine ply, 203 x 244 cm

Defiance Gallery invites you to an exhibition
of new paintings by

Peter Godwin

10 October – 3 November

Opening night 6-8pm Wednesday 10 October at Defiance Gallery Newtown
Exhibition preview 10am – 4pm Sunday 7 October

In this exhibition Peter Godwin finds his subject matter in the studio and overseas. He depicts the rich interior landscape of his studio, a curiosity cabinet of sorts where Oceanic artifacts, intriguing collectables and sculpture from his own collection sit on every surface.

Godwin limits the view of his surroundings in several paintings; the elements within them are pared down, heightening the abstract qualities of these works. The subject may simply be the curve of a chair or a chaise lounge against the strong pattern of black and white floor tiles or the drape of blue and white fabric next to a Highland shield.

In perfect contrast the studio paintings hang alongside a series of works depicting the beautiful light interior of a nineteenth century French apartment, where he spent time at the Chez Enid Ng, Artist Residency, Paris.

‘Highland Shield with Kwoma Cult Figure I’ 2011, tempera on hemp on marine ply, 122 x 153cm

“Perhaps the real pleasure of his paintings comes from a close inspection, which reveals that the works are scored with marks and lines that defy photographic reproduction. All the artist’s thinking, all his struggles with motif and medium, are laid bare.”

“Godwin slows down our gaze and, with time, we gain a fuller appreciation
of the way each picture is put together.”

“Over the past decade Peter Godwin has established himself as one of Australia’s
most accomplished – and still underrated – painters”

John McDonald, Art Critic,
Sydney Morning Herald

“Godwin’s works combine roughness and delicacy, figuration and decoration and dull and brilliant colour like no other artist I know. The surfaces are roughly treated. Alot of the brush strokes are bold and gestural. But pattern, like a quiet presence in the corner giving all the orders, is the real boss here.”
Sebastian Smee, Art Critic, The Australian.
Now Art Critic for The Boston Globe.

“He paints beautiful still-life interiors in a gestural, brushy manner, using tempera as never before”.
Andrew Lambirth,
The Spectator, London

View the exhibition online at

Defiance Gallery I
47 Enmore Road, Newtown NSW, 2042
+61 (0)2 9557 8483
Gallery hours: 11-5 Wed-Sat

  1. Mo Crow says:

    A. J. Edwards has written a terrific review of this show in Art Almanac
    and John McDonald wrote this insightful essay back in 2009

  2. deedeemallon says:

    thank you for sharing these paintings… I love the ‘depth in the blues’ as you say, though on my screen they read more like black…

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