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Gallery 139  | Art Gallery 

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Peter Lankas

Gallery 139

Winter Swim 2018 oil on board 40 x 50cm - Finalist Kilgour Prize 2018 for Figurative and Portrait Painting (Newcastle Art Gallery)

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.

  photo by Ahn Wells, taken in Peter's studio at Newcastle Community Arts Centre circa 2016

photo by Ahn Wells, taken in Peter's studio at Newcastle Community Arts Centre circa 2016

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.

Judge’s comments
Peter LankasHelen 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 has also participated in the group exhibitions Dawn Patrol in 2015 and   Rockin the Suburbs in 2017.  

Peter is exhibiting next at Sheffer Gallery, Darlington, Sydney August 2018. This exhibition is presented by Gallery 139. SUBSCRIBE to our general email to receive details.

His next solo exhibition in Gallery 139 is scheduled for 11 - 28 October 2018. 

Follow Peter on his Artist Facebook page and Instagram.

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PRESS

Suburban dreaminess

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

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Tropics walk 2017
ipad drawing, archival inkjet print, edition of 10
42 x 52cm
$220.00  framed ($150.00 unframed)

Redlynch Valley 2017
gouache on board
28 x 36cm
$380.00    

Redlynch red light 2017
ipad drawing,  archival inkjet print, edition of 10
42 x 52cm
$220.00 framed ($150.00 unframed)

  Tropics Walk  2017 gouache on board 28 x 36cm $380.00

Tropics Walk 2017
gouache on board
28 x 36cm
$380.00

Afternoon shop 2017
oil on board
40 x 50cm
$700.00

  Nature Selfie  2016 oil on board 40 x 50cm $700.00

Nature Selfie 2016
oil on board
40 x 50cm
$700.00

  Friday eve  2016 oil on linen 40cm x 50cm $700.00

Friday eve 2016
oil on linen
40cm x 50cm
$700.00