Peter Ferguson (Born 1956)
oil on canvas
92 x 84cm
0419 540 162
This is a great example of Peter’s distinctive Figurative Expressionist style combining dynamic abstract shapes, figures and landscape, spontaneously applied and bound in bright colours. The canvas has a rich life of its own and is totally engaging in its charming complexity.
Peter Ferguson was born in Melbourne and is recognised as both a founding member of the famed ‘Roar Studio’ in Melbourne and for his consistent track record of producing vibrant, original and highly colourful work. He attended the Victorian College of Arts from 1976 to 1978.
The ‘Roar Studio’ championed painting and sculpture at a time when conceptual arts practice began to get a foothold in galleries and art colleges across Melbourne. It had its genesis in a studio in Green Street Prahran before it was officially established in Brunswick St Fitzroy.
Collectively the ‘Roar ‘painters saw themselves as extending the Melbourne expressionist tradition that emerged in Melbourne in the 1940’s. ''The Roar painters have been one of the very few vanguard groups to emerge in Australian art in the late 20th century…Melburnians witnessed an attempt by a small band of spirited younger artists to upset the complacent order of the contemporary scene...'' Christopher Heathcote, art critic The Age, 1992.
Peter Ferguson is represented in the National Gallery of Australia Canberra; Shepparton Art Gallery; Victorian Tapestry Workshop Melbourne and the Victoria and Albert Museum London. His work has been featured in Nevill Drury's New Art series of books.
Peter Ferguson by Warwick Page c.1990