Peter Booth

Peter Booth is an Australian figurative and a surrealist painter, and one of the key late-20th-century Australian artists. His work is characterised by an intense emotional power of often dark narratives, and esoteric symbolism. Booth’s abstracted architectural canvases completed during the 1970s are dominated by black with coloured edges, and have been described as ‘block’ paintings with the austerity of these works remaining fundamental to his practice.

Booth's work is held in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of South Australia; Queensland Art Gallery, GOMA; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centro Cultural-Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico; Bendigo Art Gallery; City of Port Phillip Art Collection; Geelong Art Gallery; TarraWarra Museum of Art; Monash University Collection; Newcastle Art Gallery; Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston; Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery; and The University of Melbourne Art Collection.