Born in 1963 - Australia
Peter Bonner was born in Brisbane Australia, where, at the age of 8 years old, he won a city wide drawing competition open to children of all ages. Since then he has been drawn to paint. He has lived and studied in Brisbane, Melbourne, New York, Russia, Italy, Madrid, and London. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (First class Honors) in Melbourne, a post graduate diploma in New York and, in 2010, a Masters in Fine Art (by Research) pursuing his interest in perception, memory and the primitive.
As an undergraduate Peter Bonner won the Dobell prize, Australia’s pre-eminent prize for drawing. Since then he has been a finalist of the Dobell prize twice as well as a finalist of the Wynn prize, Australia’s pre-eminent prize for landscape painting. Bonner’s painting in the Wynn Prize precipitated a scholarship to study in New York, where he has continued to live. He spends his time painting and drawing in his studio in Brooklyn as well as in the deserts of central Australia and the American west. His work focuses on Narrative, exploring meanings which have their origin in lived experience.
2015 “WHITE TURNING”, William Holman Gallery, New York
2012 "LOUVRE", William Holman Gallery, New York
2010 “SITTING SPACE V’s STANDING SPACE”, Monash University, Melbourne
2009 “MADE FROM MEMORY”, The Gallery at Z Space, San Francisco.
2005 “LOOKLING ON”, Artists Space, Great Jones St, New York (Opened by Mrs. Parker Collier)
2000 "FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT”, Gallery 486, Brisbane (Opened by Councilor David Hinchliffe)
1998 "INTERIORS AND EXTERIORS", 359 Queen St, Brisbane (Opened by Councilor David Hinchliffe)
2015 "SIDESHOW NATION III, Circle the wagons" Sideshow Gallery, curated by Richard Timperio, Brooklyn.
"PAPERAZZI 4" Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, curated by Janet Kurnakovski, Brooklyn
“WINTER DRAWING SHOW”, William Holman Gallery, NY NY
2014 “SUMMER INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION” Life on Mars Gallery, 56 Bogart Street Brooklyn 11216
“SUMMER SHOW”, William Holman Gallery NY
“BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS”, with Elisa Jensen, Karlis Rekevics, Cathy Diamond, Carol Diamond and Peter Bonner
“THE DOWNTOWN ART FAIR’, NYC, with William Holman Gallery
“LIVE” Mayson Gallery, 254 Broome street, NYC ; Curated by Second Avenue arts. Teresa Brown, Peter Bonner, Christina Chow, Jason Eisner, Mariangela Fremura, Joshua Mongeau, Jim Plunket, Benjamin Pritchard, Jeff Quinn and Dov Talpaz
"SIDESHOW NATION II, At the Alamo" Sideshow Gallery, curated by Richard Timperio, Brooklyn.
"PAPERAZZI 3" Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, curated by Janet Kurnakovski, Brooklyn.
2013 “CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN DRAWING; 20 YEARS OF THE DOBELL DRAWING PRIZE”, Grafton Region Gallery, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Orange Regional Gallery, National Art School Gallery, Tweed River Art Gallery
“UNSTEADY GROUND; WHAT IS DRAWING” ,City without walls, Curated by Margot Spindelman and Michael Davis
‘BATTLE GROUND’, Proteus Gowanus, Curated by Sasha Chavchavadze, Brooklyn
“THE DECEMBER DRAWING SHOW; ANNUAL EXHIBITION’ William Holman Gallery NY
“ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EXHIBITION” NYSS. Curated by Colin Thompson. Judged by Dr Tracy Fitzpatrick, Colin Thompson
"SIDESHOW NATION" Sideshow Gallery, curated by Richard Timperio, Brooklyn.
"PAPERAZZI 2" Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, curated by Janet Kurnakovski, Brooklyn.
"NEW YEARS SHOW- EXHIBITION OF DRAWINGS", Holman Gallery, Curated by William Holman.
2012 “MIC CHECK(THE HUMAN MIC)-OCCUPY” Sideshow Gallery, Curated by Richard Timperio, Brooklyn
“PAPERAZZI” Janet kurnatowski Gallery, curated by Janet Kurnakovski, Brooklyn.
2011 “INAUGURAL EXHIBITION OF THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY AT MERION HALL ”, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia
“A SELECTION OF WORKS IN THE NATIONAL ART SCHOOL STUDY CENTER FOR DRAWING ON THE THEME OF LINE”,
“ITS ALL GOOD (APOCALYPSE NOW)” Sideshow 11th Annual, Curated by Richard Timperio, Brooklyn
“THE BEDEVILMENT OF PARADISE”, Proteus Gowanus, Curated by Tammy Pittman and Sasha Chavchavadze, Brooklyn
2009 “OPEN CITY”, the 2009 alumni association Biennial, Juror; Sean Scully, New York
“NYSS Silent Auction Exhibition”, Curated By Jeffrey Hoffeld. New York.
“GOVERNERS ISLAND ART FAIR”, New York, Curated by “4Heads”
“RUBY GAP Exhibition 2009”, Stephen McLaughlin Gallery, Curated by David Gatis and Stephen McLaughlin, Melbourne
2007 “PAINTING IN NEW YORK”, Tribeca, NY.
“FALL EXHIBITION”, Heart & Soul Studio, Williamsburg, NY. Curated by Oliver Rivera-Drew.
2008 “TRANSCRIPTIONS”, Monash University, Melbourne, Curated by Dr Maryanne Coutts
“THE SINGING DINGO TOUR”, Ruby gap, Northern Territory.
“SPRING EXHIBITION”, Heart & Soul Studio, Williamsburg, NY. Curated by Oliver Rivera-Drew.
“WINTER EXHIBITION”, Heart & Soul Studio, Williamsburg, NY. Curated by Oliver Rivera-Drew.
2006 “The Finke River Artists group”, The Finke River, Northern Territory
“ARTISTS SELECT ARTISTS SELECT ARTISTS”, the Painting Center, New York
2004 “POINT LONSDALE”, Monash University, Melbourne. 2003 “THE DOBELL PRIZE FROR DRAWING , THE FIRST TEN YEARS”, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2001 " THE DOBELL PRIZE FROR DRAWING", Art Gallery of New South Wales
1998 " THE DOBELL PRIZE FROR DRAWING", Art Gallery of New South Wales
"THE WYNNE PRIZE FOR LANDSCAPE”, Art gallery of New South Wales
"NEW FACES", Solander gallery, Canberra
"HEART WORKS", Sotheby’s, Sydney
1997 "THE DOBELL PRIZE FROR DRAWING”, Art gallery of New South Wales
"THE 13th BIENNIAL SPRING FESTIVAL OF DRAWING", The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
“Drawing the figure in Space”, Performance for Roar Studios at The Brunswick Street Festival
1996 "SHAMOCRACY", Lyall Burton Gallery, Melbourne
Victorian State Library, Melbourne
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The Monash University Collection, Melbourne
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE
Eagle Capital, LLP , New York
Broadley Rees Hogan lawyers, Brisbane
Manning Hickson Maletz , Brisbane
Jim Soorley, former Lord Mayor of Brisbane,
Miles and Parker Collier
Numerous private Collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe and America
(Including the Estate of the New York Art Critic Hilton Kramer)
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