Peter Stichbury New Zealand, b. 1969

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Peter Stichbury is known for his portraits of both both real and imagined people with smooth skin, symmetrical features, cartoonish subjects with wide-set eyes. Rigorously researching media data, declassified government documents from several nations, academic reports and video footage of UFO, Peter Stichbury analyses and pays particular attention to the materials especially related to individuals in their 20s and early 30s. He believes that people of this age group can have unbiased views on certain absurd occurrences since they are still at the premature stage in terms of mentality. The fragile beauty of Stichbury’s figures contrasts with their discomforting haunted gaze in his practice, indicating a loss of belief in the consensus reality decided by a human-oriented ideology. His employment of exaggerated realism increases this impression of unreality and reveals the internal disturbance of the characters.

Peter Stichbury has participated in exhibitions at Nevada Museum of Art, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, The Dowse Art Museum in New Zealand. His work is represented in the collections of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery, Christchurch Art Gallery, and Wallace Arts Trust in New Zealand.

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