Born in Sydney in 1942 Peter Powditch trained in fine art at the National Art School as well as studying privately under John Olsen and was influenced during his time at East Sydney Technical College, by sculptor Lyndon Dadswell.
Dowditch's paintings act as metaphors of the human experience and he has expanded the possibilities of paint through his singular commitment to a hard edge painting style with flattened surfaces created by spray paint. The assemblages and sculptures are an extension of his paintings and continue his interested in form.
Australian Art Today toured South East Asia (1970), Australian Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1972) 1st Biennale of Sydney (1973) Recent Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1973) and was awarded the Sulman Prize in 1973. In 1981 he was awarded an Order of Australia for services to art. His work is held in the national collection, state collections as well as many private collections.
His contemporaries and friends included Martin Sharp, Brett Whiteley, Robert Jacks, Michael Johnson and Robert Klippel and he exhibited at the infamous Yellow House.
Powditch was immersed in the Sydney art scene as both a respected artist and teacher until in 2000 when he re-located to the NSW north coast where he currently lives.
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This exhibition brings to the public an extraordinary insight into the personal and creative journey of an artist whose contribution to Australian creative life has yet to be fully understood or appreciated.