Exhibiting member (NSW)

Mediums: Oil and acrylic

Subjects: Landscapes, seascapes, marinas and boats up and down the coast, with a particular love of the bays, marinas and headlands of Sydney Harbour

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Peter Whelan

Peter Whelan

Peter’s formal art training began when he was seventeen and attended East Sydney Art School; much later he took up study at Meadowbank Art College and also studied portraiture with Joshua Smith and Yve Close. Over the years, while running a business and raising a family, Peter always found time to pursue his passion and love of painting.

He says his main art training has been on the countless painting trips with many other professional artists made during the last thirty years throughout NSW and interstate. Because most of his paintings are done plein-air, they must be completed in a short time-frame in a loose impressionist style which does not allow for much detail. However this style of painting still requires strong drawing skills and a love of the subject, combined with the ‘feeling’, atmosphere and even the smell of the salt air when close to the sea!

Peter has always searched out marinas, old clunky workboats and the well-used craft of yesteryear. Sydney Harbour has always been a treasure-trove for the painter who is prepared to search out the bays, marinas and headlands, and with its beauty it has always been his love and calling.

As well as being a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW and current Council member, he is an Exhibiting member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists.

Peter has won over sixty awards and is often called on to be the judge for art society exhibitions, teach workshops and critiques. His work is represented in many Sydney council collections, and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.

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