Peter Stichbury (b. 1969) lives and works in New Zealand. He completed his postgraduate studies at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (Masters/Honors Scholarship), Auckland, Australia.Read More
Stichbury’s subject matter stems from experiences in his childhood: when he was seven, he saw something strange shooting across the sky in broad daylight. That moment was a creative sucker-punch for the portraitist. Though he no longer believes that the object was anything out of the ordinary, at the age of forty-six, Stichbury is still enraptured by UFOs and continues to devote his work to these extraterrestrial objects.
His subjects’ delicate, pale countenance and their preoccupied gazes suggest that the close encounter has left the artist far-removed from a firm sense of a singular reality. Stichbury’s exaggerated realism reinforces a sense of otherworldliness and an internal disorientation, both of which communicate the subject’s ambivalence towards traditional assumptions about the primacy of the human organism in the cosmos.
Stichbury had won the prestigious Wallace Art Award, New Zealand the year he graduated. He has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide, in e.g., Berlin, Hongkong, Auckland, L.A., and Seoul. His works are held in the collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and theAuckland Art Gallery, Auckland.
Text courtesy Gallery Baton.