What Was That? 2004
Peter Neilson (Born 1944)
oil on linen
42 x 23cm
signed and dated lower right
Exhibited: ‘Out and about in the dark morning streets’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 2004, Gallery label verso
Meshing aspects of film, art and philosophy Peter Neilson's paintings culminate in fragmented renditions of the contemporary human condition. The techniques of the film director and editor are played out across the canvas - the freeze frame, the rake, the pan, the travelling shot and extreme closeup. Neilson's paintings demonstrate romance, duplicity and late-night trysts.
Peter Neilson was born in Melbourne and completed a Diploma of Fine Art at RMIT, Melbourne. His paintings utilise the cinematic language of film noir to suggest dark urban narratives. For many years Neilson painted the sets for the TV series Neighbours. He has developed an individual style built on his years of scenic work, combined with powerful drawing and the capacity to render surface and light surely and confidently.
Neilson’s work has been exhibited nationally in Sydney and Melbourne and internationally in London and Salzberg.