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About Peta West

Peta West is a practicing contemporary Australian printmaker whose work taps into the sublimity of her surrounding environment on the South Coast of New South Wales. Working primarily with linoleum, West creates immersive large-scale prints that beguile audiences with their intricate detailing and depth. West’s prints are worlds unto their own, each a self-contained universe, where plants and animals appear in abundance. They are odes to the natural beauty and resilience of the Australian bush. 

 

Prior to printmaking, West was a photographer for over two decades, a medium which allowed her to develop an eye for composition, depth and balance. This initial training in darkrooms forever instilled in her a love for monochrome, as well as the tactile process of working an image out of a medium. 

 

Peta's recent exhibitions including: Peta West, Milton WorkHub, NSW, 2020; Group Exhibition, White Wall Projects, Berrima, NSW; Group Exhibition, Laurison Press, Kyneton, VIC and a near sell-out show: Songs of the Earth at Gallery Alchemy, Milton, NSW, 2021. Peta exhibited in 2022 with Birdsong at Gallery Alchemy, Milton, NSW. In 2023 Peta has had work on exhibit at The Corner Store Gallery and The Printmaker Gallery and was a part of the Botanic de Materia Medica exhibit at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

 

In 2020, West was a finalist in the Arts in the Valley Art Prize, Kangaroo Valley, NSW. In the following year, 2021, she was a finalist in both The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sydney, and the Burnie Print Prize, Tasmania. This year West was again a finalist in the Arts in the Valley Art Prize, Kangaroo Valley, NSW. West was a finalist in the 2022 Waverly Art Prize, Bondi NSW where she was awarded the Mayors Prize, Highly Commended, for This is Yuin Country (2021). Peta has continued to receive recognition in art prizes in 2023, being selected as a finalist for the Ravenswood Art Prize 2023 with Old Coast Road (2022), a finalist for the Hazelhurst Art on paper Award 2023 with Heathland (2023), and a finalist and the People's Choice Award recipient in the Waverly Art Prize 2023 with Old Coast Road (2022).

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Photos by Ola Moszumanska

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