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  • Michael Peck
    Freedom Fighter #2, 2017

    183 × 183 cm
    $18,800
  • Michael Peck
    Freedom Fighter #3, 2017

    183 × 183 cm
    $18,800
  • Michael Peck
    Freedom Fighter #6, 2018

    46 × 46 cm
    $3,000
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    Michael Peck
    Freedom Fighters #5, 2018

    46 × 46 cm
    $3,000
  • Michael Peck
    In Bloom, 2017

    167 × 167 cm
    $16,600
  • Michael Peck
    Love Song #1, 2017

    167 × 167 cm
    $16,600
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    Michael Peck
    Love Song #2, 2017

    167 × 167 cm
    $16,600
  • Michael Peck
    Therefore I am, 2017

    167 × 167 cm
    $18,500
  • Michael Peck
    Float, 2016

    168 × 168 cm
  • Michael Peck
    Prayer, 2016

    122 × 92 cm
  • Michael Peck
    Raft, 2016

    168 × 168 cm
  • Michael Peck
    Scout, 2016

    122 × 122 cm
  • Michael Peck
    Still Water, 2016

    168 × 168 cm
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Michael Peck

Michael Peck

Michael Peck’s large oil paintings feel both comfortable and unsettling. ‘Really good artworks allow us to engage with our anxieties,’ he says. Dreamlike landscapes show children using objects associated with war and conflict – guns, soldiers helmets and aviators’ hats – as toys and dressing up clothes, or dressed as badge-adorned scouts poised uncertainly on an invisible threshold to adulthood. Their expressions are inscrutable; innocent yet hinting at the realisations that adult experience will bring – a tension made explicit in Michael Peck’s Self-portrait in the image of my son which shows the artist reflected in the mirror lenses of his young son’s aviator glasses.

Peck makes several preparatory pen and ink drawings before starting his canvases, beginning with the background and darkest layers then adding paler highlights in opaque shades and layers of glaze to create luminosity. His limited palette – black and white, sepia or shades of red and orange – makes his work feel timeless.

In 2012 Michael Peck was a finalist in both the Archibald and Doug Moran National Portrait Prizes. Michael has twice been a Sulman Prize finalist and has undertaken private commissions in London, New York, Melbourne and Sydney.