Recognised as one of the leading exponents of figurative painting in Australia, Peter Churcher’s work depicts our surrounding visual, sensory and emotional stimuli. In his latest series, Behind the Screen, Churcher paints in astounding detail, the figure under water and behind the shower screen.
In a time when photography booms, Churcher gives a slower and refined consideration to the perception of masculinity through the painted medium. The series effectively questions our differing relationships to the male versus the female nude body.
This latest series Behind the Screen follows on from earlier explorations of the figure under falling water. An added dimension to this theme, the figure is now seen through the shower screen, another layer of abstraction of the form. Along with the falling water, we now view the figure through the frosted, dripping screen and are even more acutely aware of gazing in on another person’s personal space. The blurring barrier between the subject and viewer highlights both the frailty and vulnerability of the figure along with its physical power and beauty.
Art Gallery Weekend Hours:
Friday 26 April & Saturday 27 April, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday 28 April, 12 – 4 pm