Biography
Accessed from Arts Foundation website 5/04/12
http://www.thearts.co.nz/artist_page.php&aid=53&type=bio

Renowned for his critical eye, it can take years for Peryer to perfect an image and his output has been comparatively small and slow - something he now sees as a consequence of working with film and the silver gelatin process, rather than artistic temperament. The arrival of the digital camera and printer transformed his practice, allowing him to play with colour and scale and to move rapidly from concept to finished art work.
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Originally a teacher, Peter Peryer has a degree in English and a Masters in Education. Born in 1941, it was not until his 30’s that he took up photography which for many years now has been his sole occupation.

In 1998 he had a major exhibition and publication in Germany called Second Nature. This exhibition toured in Germany and Australia.

Peter Peryer has been the recipient of several awards. He has an ONZM for his contribution to photography in this country and he has been a Fulbright Scholar, a grant that enabled him to continue studying his medium in the United States.

In 2007 Peter was awarded the William Hodges Fellowship which enabled him to live in Invercargill for 4 months, resulting in an exhibition of 31 images from that period at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery in early 2008.

Peter work regularly appears in books and magazines. During 2008 images of his were seen on the television series The Big Picture, hosted by Hamish Keith. Auckland University Press will publish a book on his work and he is spending the year in Alexandra as the second Henderson House Artist in Residence. The residency was established by philanthropists Russell & Barbara Henderson in the house that was designed for them by Austrian architect Ernst Plischke.

His works are widely collected and are held in all major New Zealand Institutions, and internationally, including the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the Australian National Gallery in Canberra.

Peter keeps a journal online. This blog not only shows his new work but gives insights to his practice



Milestones

1941
Born in Auckland
1972
Graduated (MA Education) University of Auckland
1977
The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt mounted first retrospective of his work
1978
Study tour of Europe and America (QEII Arts Council grant)
1995
First international exhibition Second Nature: Peter Peryer Photographs
1997
New Zealand Order of Merit
2000
Arts Foundation Laureate Award
2001
Two significant exhibitions, Erika and The Left Hand Raised
2002
Showed work at the Heide Museum of Contemporary Art in Melbourne
2007
William Hodges Fellowship

Accessed 20/11/12 from Auckland Art Gallery website:http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/the-collection/browse-artists/464/peter-peryer

Peter Peryer was born in Auckland in 1941. He graduated from the University of Auckland (MA Education) in 1972, and also lectured in English at Auckland Teacher’s College. Later in 1973 he began photographing, and is largely self-taught. In 1977 the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt mounted the first retrospective of his work. In 1978, with the aid of a grant from the Arts Council of New Zealand he made a study tour of Europe and America. In 1980 he received another grant from the Arts Council to develop his studio facilities. Earlier in 1982 he participated in the Fourth Sydney Biennale. In 1985 he travelled to America. This was followed by a retrospective exhibition mounted by the Sargeant Gallery in 1986, which toured throughout New Zealand. For the next ten years Peryer held regular public and private gallery exhibitions. In 1995 Peter Weiermair, Director of the Kustverein, Frankfurt a Main, Germany curated with Gregory Burke a third Retrospective exhibition of Peryer’s photographs entitled ‘Second Nature: Peter Peryer Photographs’. Following this there was a further survey, 'At Home and Away’, at the Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui. In 2001 he had his third survey exhibition at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Subsequently, he has settled in the Taranaki region. Ron Brownson - 2004
b.1941
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