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Owen Piggott, Rock Platform

Owen Piggott: Rock Platform

Owen Piggott profile

The Artist

Owen Piggott was born in 1931 in Worcestershire, England and initially studied at the Dudley School of Art  between 1948 and 1950. Having immigrated to Australia and settling in Melbourne, Owen continued his studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and the University of Melbourne qualifying as an art teacher in 1959. Owen took time to study and paint abroad in the UK and Europe during the 1960s.

Owen's early works were abstract paintings that were heavily textured with geometric shapes whilst his works from the 1980s concentrated on landscapes with a more lyrical approach. Owen is known to have exhibited in over 80 solo and group exhibitions in London, Melbourne and Sydney. His works of art are represented in 22 public institutions ranging from the German Embassy in Canberra to Coventry Cathedral in England and in 12 major corporate collections.

Rock Platform by Owen Piggott

The Work of Art

Rock Platform harkens to Owen Piggott's abstract influences. The work is refers to the symmetry of a rock in a landscape which is reflected back. The rock itself is indeed heavily textured with broad brush-strokes and with the heavy dark lines, contrasts against the deep red background.  Here, Owen is exploring different textures and shapes which has resulted in a bold abstract composition.

This is the only example of Owen Piggott's work in the University Collection. It was painted  as mixed media on to canvas and was acquired in August 1973.


Owen Piggott, Alan and Susan McCulloch ed. The Australian Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Allen and Unwin, Sydney 1994 p570-571

Biographical material  from Owen and Lyn Piggott's website,

Curatorial records, Collections Coordinator, University of Canberra