Peter Thomas


Peter Thomas is a Melbourne based, multidisciplinary artist who makes work that addresses materiality, memory and the problem of nostalgia.
Thomas’ continual exploration of ‘trace’ through architectural, human and nature interventions bring a charged and surging tactility to his surfaces. Eschewing the historic preference for a single ‘style’, his work offers a thematic continuity both subtle and dynamic. His actioned surfaces provide entry points that hold and suspend an experience of altered materiality; balancing the interrelationship of weight, gravity and movement.
Thomas holds a Master of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and was that year’s recipient of the Athenaeum Club Acquisitive Prize. In 2012 he was awarded the inaugural Stuart Black Travelling Scholarship. He has been shortlisted for the 2012 Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award, 2016 Paul Guest Award and 2017 Hadley’s Art Prize. His work as been collected by Artbank and is held in several private collections.

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
2010 Athenaeum Club Acquisitive Award winner
2010 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
2010 Friends of the VCA Arts Grant Recipient
2009 Friends of the VCA Arts Grant Recipient
2008 Finalist for The Athenaeum Club Award


2019   Aftermath (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
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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