Peter Lankas is a mid-career Newcastle based artist who is fascinated with the everyday, specifically suburbia, exploring the formal visual feasts and subtle narratives on offer inside the ordinary. His painting practice extends from the studio to the outdoors, exploring the ‘en plein air’ tradition of painting out in the landscape. This direct approach to painting has led him to adopt the ‘alla prima technique’ in the studio, mostly completing paintings in one session, which enhances the concept of capturing a brief moment in time. Peter's fascination with traditional painting techniques and processes has led to his research into working with non-solvent oil painting methods of the Old Masters, adopting these methods into his art practice. Drawing is an essential part of Peter's art practice and it is the mark and gesture that brings the drawing process into the forefront of everything that he makes.
Peter received his Diploma in Visual Art from Alexander Mackie CAE, Sydney in 1980 and a Masters in Fine Art (painting) from the University of Newcastle. Peter has been a passionate dedicated teacher of painting and drawing for almost 20 years. His beginnings in Newcastle were at the Ron Hatree Art School and he has continued Ron Hartree's tradition, teaching life drawing classes for the past 15 years. Peter currently teaches at Newcastle Art School, Hunter TAFE and private classes at Newcastle Community Arts Centre.
He was a finalist in the 2016 Calleen Art Award for painting at Cowra Regional Art Gallery from 1 May - 19 June 2016 and received a "Commended Award" for Helen Street 2015 oil, pigment, calcium carbonate, egg white, oil emulsion on board 30 x 40cm. In 2017 he was a Finalist in the Paddington Art Prize.
Peter Lankas: Helen Street. “This work was executed from memory and takes us on a contemporary odyssey through the suburbs. This is a painter with a strong love of the medium, to the point he makes his own paint, and I enjoyed the strong and direct application and brushstrokes. The work is a contemporary take on landscape, combining the darkness of Drysdale with a touch of Quilty, all done in miniature form”. – John Cheeseman (Manager Cultural Services and Gallery Director, Mosman Art Gallery)
Peter Lankas first exhibited as a Gallery Artist during 2016 with his solo exhibition ALLSORTS, he is exhibits next in the group exhibition Rockin the Suburbs at the end of 2017.
Works available in the gallery STOCKROOM.
LEARN FROM PETER LANKAS
Melinda McMillan | March 30, 2016, 2:30pm | newcastlestar.com
Newcastle artist's dawn work on display at Gallery 139
By MARK CONNORS | Aug. 11, 2015, 10:31 a.m. | www.newcastlestar.com.au