Learn from the Classics, 2015
Oil on Canvas
78 x 60 in. 


Learn From the Classics' belongs to a new body of work that seeks a way forward in painting by looking back through the history of western art from the Ancient Greeks to Modernism. Through a process of assimilation and juxtaposition of different styles, periods and techniques I aim to create a hybrid of representational painting. This particular work was inspired by Roman fresco wall paintings where the Lacuna (missing parts or gaps) becomes an integral part of the composition. The underlying image, which has been sanded down and distressed, is a reference to the work of Eugene Delacroix, Bacchus and Ariadne, 1862.

About Peter Daverington 

Peter Daverington is a painter and musician from Melbourne, Australia currently living and working in Beacon, New York. He completed an MFA at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and has held fourteen solo exhibitions since 2004. Peter has been commissioned to paint public murals in Argentina, Australia, China, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala and Turkey. He is the winner of a John Coburn Emerging Artist Award (2008), Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship (2011), Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants (2005 and 2010) and a finalist in the Archibald (2013, 2014) and Sulman prizes (2013). His work is held in numerous public and private collections including Artbank Australia, KPMG Art Collection, Macquarie Bank Collection, Gippsland Gallery and the Geelong Art Gallery.