Artist Profile

Don Peebles Investment Artist

Born 1922

At the age of nineteen, Taneatua-born Don Peebles entered the New Zealand army and in 1943 began service in the Pacific, Middle East and eventually Italy. At the conclusion of the war, Peebles attended the College of Art in Florence before returning to the Wellington Technical College Art School where he studied from 1947 until 1950.

From 1951-53 Peebles attended the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, studying under the prominent Australian painter John Passmore. In 1961 Peebles won an award to study in London where he came into contact with the progressive British artist Victor Pasmore, a formalist influenced by de Stijl and Russian Constructivism, influenced Peeble's exploration of relief and constructions, often with a geometric basis and strict underlying grid formation. He travelled and worked in Britain and Europe in 1961-62. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions from this time including; Commonwealth Art Today (1962), Contemporary New Zealand Painting at the Commonwealth Institute in 1965 and in the early 1980's a travelling exhibition of his work was organised by the Robert McDougall Gallery Christchurch.

In 1964 Peebles returned to New Zealand and gained a lectureship at the University of Canterbury, a position he held until his retirement from teaching in 1984 and his subsequent retirement from the University in 1986 to concentrate on painting full-time.

In 1996/7 The Harmony of Opposites, a Survey exhibition of his paintings toured New Zealand public galleries. His work continues along an abstract path, with his large constructions of painted, folded and sewn canvas charting a unique path in current art practice.

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