Pete Force - Dormant Colour. Opening Thursday 18 February, 5.30pm.

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Exhibition runs to 9 March 2021.

When I first stumbled across scientific photos of Australian parrot bird skins I knew I had to draw them. Big, messy pastel paintings of coloured torpedoes. I hunted them out and was lucky enough to spend time studying the collection held at the Auckland Museum. I was struck by how vibrant and vivid the birds were given some had been plucked from the outback over 100 years ago.

I call the show dormant colour because these birds don’t get out much and because like a parrot in a drawer my art practice has been dormant for far too long.

It took a pandemic to revive it and I’m incredibly grateful to be able to share it with you.

Peter Force knew he wanted to become an artist the day he came home from high school and discovered a naked life drawing model in his bedroom posing for his mother (a successful artist in her own right).

He studied art at the internationally renowned Townsville TAFE College in Far North Queensland, Australia, graduated with honours in drawing and then spent time in Melbourne scribbling ads for a local newspaper. He then moved to London where he was snapped up as an illustrator by Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising.

Peter returned to Australia, secured a position at a small advertising agency in Sydney and after a few years of being paid in bottle tops and belly button lint was headhunted by Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising, New Zealand.

He has since lived and worked in this country as an award winning art director, copywriter and illustrator.

Dormant colour is his first solo art exhibition.

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