Peter Booth at Karen Woodbury Gallery

words by Caitlin Leishman

Painting 2015 — Peter Booth

I can barely feel my fingers as I stride down Flinders Lane towards Karen Woodbury Gallery for opening night. Though upon arrival I am relieved that the freezing cold weather compliments the new works of Peter Booth now showing. These recent works have been created from 2012–2015.

Shivering winterscapes line the walls of the main showroom, with layers of texture, perhaps palette knife work, etching, carving and scratching. Every gust of wind captured reflects Booths rich and energetic signature style.

Painting 2014 — Peter Booth
Painting 2013 — Peter Booth
Painting 2013 — Peter Booth

In between the forests and seaside blizzards Booth features portraits of gruff male figures. There is not quite the same darkness to these works as some of his previous, in fact on viewing them it feels as though you make friends out of the monsters of Booth’s subconscious. Some works are softened with comforting pinks and mustards.

Moving away from the specks and dappled light of the larger canvas’, you will be treated to series of smaller charcoal, ink and casein works. While some of us may keep a journal, diary or blog, Booth continues to document his thoughts in these smaller pieces. These seem to return to darker and more familiar groups of men, interaction and energy with some harsh sunsets in between. There still lingers a jagged brutality that makes it difficult to tear your eyes away.

Painting 2014 — Peter Booth

The exhibition will show from 3rd — 27th June 2015, Level 1/167 Flinders Lane Melbourne. You could say it gives insights into the forces of the weather and of the mind.

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