Peter Thomas


Peter Thomas is a Melbourne based artist who makes work that addresses violence, trauma, and memory.

Aftermath is an exhibition of earlier works that arose from research undertaken by Thomas into how and why traumatic events are remembered or forgotten. The larger works focus on the immediate aftermaths of macro-scale traumatic events that have been memorialised, recorded, and now echo through our culture. The smaller works depict sites of individual traumas, forgotten by all but those involved. People died at these places but there are no memorials and no cultural memory beyond a dusty newspaper in the archive to record what happened. We pass by every day on our way to work, oblivious to the stories those ‘nothing’ places can tell.

The medium Thomas works with has moved on since he created these works, but his concerns remain the same; trauma, memory, and forgetting. While recent bodies of work focus on his own experiences and memories, these earlier pieces looked at cultural memories — or their lack.


2009-2010  Master of Fine Art (research), VCA
2008  Postgraduate Diploma of Visual Art, VCA
1994 – 1996  Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts – Printmaking) RMIT University


2017 Finalist, Hadley’s Art Prize
2016 Finalist, Paul Guest Prize
2015 Finalist, M Collection Award
2012 Stuart Black Memorial Travelling Scholarship
2012 Finalist, Swan Hill Acquisitive Print and Drawing Awards


2018  Manipulations (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2017  Hadley’s Art Prize exhibition, Galleries at Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart
2016  Night Club (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2016  Paul Guest Award exhibition, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo
2015  UnCollected Works (solo), Rubicon ARI, Melbourne
2014  NotFair 2014, Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne
2013  Coma Country (solo), Linden Contemporary Art, Melbourne

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