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Peter Bond: WA 11

The Artist

According to the artist's own website, Peter Bond was born in Australia, but moved to Europe soon after Art School. He lived in Berlin in the early 70s and later moved to London where he completed his Bachelor of Arts. In Paris Peter BOND worked for 10 years at the famous Atelier 17 of S.W. Hayter where he learned and excelled in etching. An opportunity to teach etching at Penrith University in Sydney brought the artist and his family to Australia for a year (1987), before settling back in a large studio in Paris.

It is at that time that Peter BOND turned to painting large landscapes, or rather "-scapes", as he wonders from land to sea over hills to mountains.

Often starting out with a familiar object or figure on the bare canvas, Peter BOND then covers it with layers of paint, which he often scrapes back letting reappear what was painted at the start. No waste: the scraped-off matter finds its way back somewhere onto the canvas, giving the work a very tangible materiality. These pieces stand out like rocks on the edge of a cliff, something to hang onto at the verge of the abyss.

Peter Bond WA II

The work of art

WA II is a  limited edition etching produced and published in 1984. This version is the 6th out of 20.  It depicts an arid desert scene. Something like what you may expect crossing the Simpson Desert or the  Nullabor Plain. The foreground is dominated by spinefex grass and the remains of a tree whilst the middle and far distance is a desert plain and a hill that blends into the  azure blue sky.  A brief survey of Peter's works of art demonstrate the artist's interest in desert landscapes and forms. Some of Peter's prints have  a montage effect which focuses the viewer on specific details. Although this is the only work  that represents Peter Bond, there are many other works that depict the desert landscape in the Art Collection. You may  like to look at Ray Crooke's Western Horizon and  Basil Hadley's Nullabor Edge.

Material Guide 1 by Peter Bond