Peter T Palawa/Gunaikurnai people

Peter is a Palawa/Gunaikurnai artist who has been exhibiting with The Torch since 2019. One of Peter's first paintings, 'No Refuge', was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Peter's painting practice allows him to mentally escape the confines of prison to ‘somewhere nice’. Peter had an early career in the scientific glass industry, where he learnt to sculpt 3D forms. The transition from sculpting to painting has presented an interesting challenge to Peter, and he has learnt how to use light and shadow to create the illusion of form. He looks forward to his release from prison and the opportunity it will afford him to see the world literally in a new light, and to be able to paint in light and colours that he can’t see whilst inside.