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Artist with A Careful Eye returns to the Hutt

Aug 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Latest News


SNAPPY MAN: Photographer, Peter Peryer outside The Dowse Art Museum with his sign

SNAPPY MAN: Photographer, Peter Peryer outside The Dowse Art Museum

THE AWARD winning artist behind the latest exhibition at Lower Hutt’s Dowse Art Museum says he has found his voice in the nearly 40 years since he last exhibited there.

73 year old Taranaki artist Peter Peryer’s exhibition called Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye, features over 50 of his best works.

He first exhibited at The Dowse nearly 40 years ago.

His first exhibition mainly consisted of black and white portraits, unlike the current one which features coloured photos and no portraits, a move he says reflects his age.

“I’ve lightened up and evolved with age. I’ve found my voice. I have more to say through my work,” he says.

A lot has changed in the nearly four decades between the two exhibitions at The Dowse but the artist says his work still remains instantly recognisable.

Digital cameras, iphones and coloured print have all changed the platform for photography, changes which  he’s embraced.

Mr Peryer says his favourite thing to shoot on, because of ease and fluidity is his beloved iphone.

“My friends barely see me with a camera,” he says.

He says his photos are often born out of curiosity, and he can’t pin-point the inspiration behind his work.

“I will walk down the street and things just call out Peter, Peter! I have no choice but to stop and take the picture, just to see what it looks like on camera,” he says.

Mr Peryer got his first camera as a gift from a friend over 40 years ago and can’t imagine his life not taking photos.

“If I don’t take photos I don’t feel right, I feel fluey,” he says.

A Creative Eye curated by Sian van Dyk is being exhibited at The Dowse Art Museum 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt  23 Aug – 23 Nov 2014.

IMAGE: Provided by The Dowse Art Museum

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