Peta Minnici is a Sydney based artist whose work encompasses oil painting, drawing and watercolour. Selecting subjects based on personal memory, her subjects range from humble figurative portraits and still life images to familiar landscapes and interior settings.
Minnici deconstructs imagery creating a time-lapse effect which draws attention to the materiality of painting and drawing. Her drawing focuses on mark making, employing a labour-intensive process of vertical or horizontal hatching, while her paintings comprise of numerous layers of thin paint creating depth in the resulting image. Shifting between representation and abstraction these processes parallel the nature of time, the layering of personal memory and the complex nature of viewing time.
Peta’s work has been exhibited in Australia at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, the National Art School, Dominik Mersch Gallery, The Brett Whiteley Studio, MAY SPACE, Gaffa Gallery, Redland Art Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Gallery, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery, Griffith Regional Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery and Tamworth Regional Gallery, with solo exhibitions at Adelaide Perry Gallery and MAY SPACE.
In 2015 she was awarded the John Olsen Prize for Figure drawing, The Parkers Fine Art Award for painting and the Parkers Fine Art Framing Award. In 2017 she was selected as a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. In 2018, Peta was awarded the Bundanon Trust Residency and was named a finalist in the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award and Redland Art Award. In 2019, she was the winner of the Kedumba Drawing Award, and a finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize. Her work is held in the National Art School Archives Collection, the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, and private collections in Australia.
Looking in; Seeing Out — Bundanon will be Peta’s second solo show with MAY SPACE, on view in July 2020.