Brilliant Tilley

The Newcastle Herald
30 March 2018
Jill Stowell

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Peter Tilley’s sculpture at the University Gallery until April 14 covers ground not only new to him, but rarely visited by artists.

The gallery is full of large and small figures, all autobiographically male, accompanied by their shadows. For such an intrinsic aspect of our everyday lives, it is surprising how rarely these dark semi-selves appear in works of art. For how few painters does Light inevitably invoke Darkness?

Shadow has always been a constant for sculptors and, for Peter Tilley, his appropriation of the solid sentient metal figure a decade ago was perhaps the impetus for this current body of work, the visual component of his candidature for a PhD.

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