King Street Gallery on William

John Peart Estate

King Street Gallery on William and Charles Nodrum Gallery represent the John Peart Estate.

“John Peart produced paintings that are wide-ranging, relentless and investigative. Peart made paintings of profound intelligence and enduring exhilaration, rarely equalled in Australian twentieth-century art.” – Geoffrey Legge, 2016

John Peart was born in 1945 in Brisbane and died at Wedderburn, NSW in 2013.

The retrospective exhibition John Peart Paintings 1964-2004 at Campbelltown Arts Centre aimed to celebrate Peart’s oeuvre. Curator Renee Porter outlined that the exhibition “demonstrates Peart’s artistic development and his significant standing in contemporary Australian painting. He has had a long and distinguished career, rising to national prominence over the past 40 years.” Additionally, he notes the eminence of Peart’s work in various state, regional and corporate collections across Australia and internationally [information supplied by Watters Gallery and the Peart family].

He was the recipient of a number of major art prizes, having won the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 1997 with his work ‘Nandi Moon’, the Sulman Prize in 2000, and was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 1998. In 2004, the Campbelltown Arts Centre organised a retrospective exhibition ‘John Peart – Paintings 1964-2004′ which toured galleries throughout Australia, including the Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra.

Throughout the late 1960’s and 1970’s Peart lived and worked in the US, Europe, UK and India. In 1975 he returned to Sydney where he continued to paint and began teaching at the National Art School. In the early 80’s he was invited by fellow artist Roy Jackson to join the Wedderburn community of artists in NSW where he lived and worked for the rest of his life.

Peart’s artworks were hung in 36 solo exhibitions at Watters Gallery, the final being John Peart: Painting and Works on Paper – Selected by Elisabeth Cummings, in 2017.

John Peart



Six Artists | Seven Days

The Pianist and the Painter

Music meets the visual arts in 1967. Composer Nigel Butterley provides a piano accompaniment for artist John Peart. Courtesy of ABC

Solo Exhibitions [selected]


Formations and Rhythms, [Works on paper] King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Formations and Rhythms King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

John Peart: Works from the Studio Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

John Peart: Paintings Watters Gallery, Sydney

John Peart: Paintings and Works on Paper selected by Elisabeth Cummings, Watters Gallery

John Peart: The Sixtiesa selection from the estate Watters Gallery
John Peart: Homage Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW
Gorge Campbelltown Arts Centre

John Peart: Small Works on Paper Watters Gallery

John Peart: Collages Watters Gallery
John Peart: Monochrome and Duochrome – Introduction, Charles Nodrum Gallery

John Peart: Land and other Scapes II Watters Gallery

John Peart: Moment Series & Tiru Series Watters Gallery
John Peart: Collages Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

John Peart: Collages Watters Gallery

Mainly Painting Watters Gallery

Tetrads Charles Nodrum Gallery

Themes and Variations Watters Gallery

Small Panel Painting Series Watters Gallery

John Peart: Panel Paintings Watters Gallery

John Peart: Paintings 1964 – 2004 Campbelltown Arts Centre Travelling Exhibition

Recent paintings Watters Gallery

Paintings Watters Gallery

Collages Watters Gallery

Recent work Watters Gallery

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Charles Nodrum Gallery

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Mysterious paintings from the mid-seventies Watters Gallery

Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne

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Monotypes Milburn + Arte, Brisbane

Powell Street Gallery
Monotypes Macquarie Galleries, Sydney

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Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth
Monotypes Watters Gallery
Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane

Powell Street Gallery
John Peart: Selected Painting 1964-76 Charles Nodrum Gallery
Watters Gallery

Watters Gallery
Seven Paintings by John Peart 123 Charlotte St, Brisbane

Powell Street Gallery
Watters Gallery

Watters Gallery

Solander Gallery, Canberra

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Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery

Realities Gallery, Melbourne

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Abraxas Gallery, Canberra

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Powell Street Gallery
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Group Exhibitions [selected]

The Big Picture Show King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW
Storylines + Songlines Justin Art House Museum, Vic

Kenwood Road King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Abstract 19’ King Street Gallery on William
Stuck together [collage & assemblage] Defiance Gallery, Sydney

RAW Wedderburn Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School, NSW

Modern Australian Painting Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
Words, Words, Words… Charles Nodrum Gallery

Little Pictures and Sculptures Charles Nodrum Gallery

Watters Gallery 50th Anniversary Exhibition Watters Gallery, Sydney
Watters Gallery Five Decades S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Six Artists / Seven Days Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
Abstracting the Landscape: Paintings & Works on paper 1953 – 2013 Defiance Gallery, Sydney
Vista Charles Nodrum Gallery
Sydney Contemporary Artfair Carriageworks, Sydney
Homage to Roy Jackson Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
Stuck Together collage and assemblages, Defiance Gallery

Salon des Refusés S.H. Ervin Gallery
Abstraction ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
Frank’s Flat Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Black is the Colour… Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, Nowra
Art Month Sydney Watters Gallery
Unframed with Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, John Peart, Robert Hirschmann, Ildiko Kovacs & Roy Jackson Sheffer Gallery, Sydney

The Wynne Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW)
MONO Uno prints from the Charles Sturt University Collection Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Abstraction 7 Charles Nodrum Gallery
Rubik Charles Nodrum Gallery

2007: The Year in Art S.H. Ervin Gallery
John Peart and Roy Jackson – 3 x 2 by two Heiser Gallery, Brisbane
Double Visions COFA space UNSW & Orange Regional Art Gallery

Same Place, Many Views Defiance Gallery
Crossing Paths II with Roy Jackson, Ildiko Kovacs, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn and John Peart Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
2005 Revisited Watters Gallery
Colonial to Contemporary: Queensland College of Arts 125 years Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld
John Peart & Paul Selwood Charles Nodrum Gallery
2006: The Year in Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery

2005: The Year in Art  S.H. Ervin Gallery

4.6% – 25 works from the Union Art Collection Sir Hermann Black Gallery, Sydney
John Peart + Gary Gregg – white + black The Depot Gallery, Sydney
Modern Australian Paintings Charles Nodrum Gallery

Abstraction Charles Nodrum Gallery
Modern Australian Painting Charles Nodrum Gallery
Selected Australian Paintings from the 1960’s to the Present Charles Nodrum at Deutscher Menzies Gallery, Sydney
2002: The Year in Art S.H. Ervin Gallery
Field Work: Australian Art 1968-2002 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Unsaid: The Spiritual in Art Stephanie Burns Fine Art, ACT

A Century of Collecting 1901-2001 Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
Australian Art: The Sixties till now Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
Ignite Cellblock Gallery, National Art School, Sydney

Abstract Painting Derived from Landscape Watters Gallery
Selected Works Watters Gallery
Common Ground Ivan Dougherty Gallery

Works on Paper Watters Gallery
The Innovators S.H. Ervin Gallery
The Archibald Prize AGNSW

Australia Day Ambassadors for 1998 Exhibition Government House, Sydney
The Wynne Prize AGNSW
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
Symbiosis Utopia Art Sydney
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW
Material Perfection: Minimal Art and its Aftermaths selected from the Kerry Stokes Collection, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia
Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building
The Great Art Auction Cell Block Theatre, National Art School
Art & Furniture of the 1960’s Charles Nodrum Gallery
6 from Wedderburn Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, NSW
10th Anniversary Exhibition Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, NSW

The Wynne Prize AGNSW [Winner]
Large Scale Painting from the Holmes a Court Collection Cullity Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth
Dugongs of Hinchinbrook The Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Contemporary Painting and Sculpture by Artists Awarded the Wynne Prize Turkish Baths Museum, Mount Wilson, NSW
Kedumba Drawing Prize Kedumba Gallery, Wentworth Falls, NSW

Hidden Treasures II: Art in Corporate Collections S.H. Ervin Gallery
The Wynne Prize AGNSW
Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art NGV
Fifth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
The Contemporary Collection – Part 2 Sir Herman Black Gallery, University Sydney

The Wynne Prize AGNSW
The Sir John Sulman Prize AGNSW
On Your Mark: An exhibition of drawings by staff of the National Art School National Art School (NAS), Sydney
The Abstract Show: An exploration into Abstraction with works from the Gallery collection Wollongong City Gallery
The King’s School Art Prize King’s School, Sydney
Modern Australian Paintings Charles Nodrum Gallery
Fourth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building
Bushfire Berrima District Art Society, Bowral

On the Other
Hand S.H. Ervin Gallery
Within a Stone’s Throw Campbelltown City & AGNSW
March Michael Milburn Gallery, Brisbane
After the Field Utopia Art Gallery
After the Field Manly Art Gallery and Museum
Whaling Street Studios – Print Show POD Gallery, Sydney
On Paper Sherman Galleries Goodhope Street, Sydney
POD Birthday Ink Show POD Gallery
Group Show: with Richard Larter and Ron Lambert Watters Gallery
Contemporary Australian Painting: Works from the Allen, Allen & Hemsley
Collection (Now Allens) Melbourne International Festival, Westpac Gallery, Victorian Art Centre
Within a Stone’s Throw – in association with Campbelltown City Art Gallery king street gallery on burton, Sydney
On Paper Sherman Galleries, Goodhope
On Paper Solander Gallery, Canberra

Terracollaboratis (with Roy Jackson, James Jones, Robert Hirschmann, Geoffrey Russell and Elizabeth Cummings) king street gallery on burton
The Wynne Prize AGNSW
Abstract Works from the Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Brisbane
Max Watters’ Collection Muswellbrook Town Hall and Art Gallery, NSW
Third Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Tribute to Fairweather Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
Cross Currents: Contemporary New Zealand and Australian art from the Chartwell Collection Waikato, Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, NZ
Modern Australian Paintings Charles Nodrum Gallery

Art on the Campus
 Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
Homage to Morandi Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
10 x 10 Milburn + Arte, Brisbane
Second Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building
The Wynne Prize AGNSW

The Wynne Prize
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
Portrait of a Gallery: Watters Gallery 25th anniversary exhibition touring to eight regional centres until 1991
Modern Australian Painting Charles Nodrum Gallery
Autumn Exhibition Peter Gant Fine Art, Melbourne

Solo Images – an exhibition of monoprints The Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
The Intuitive Line with sculptor Paul Selwood Watters Gallery
The First Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building
The Caddy Collection Watters Gallery, Sydney
Drawing in Australia from 1770’s to 1980’s National Gallery of Australia (NGA)
Max Watters’ Collection Muswellbrook Art Gallery, NSW

South Bank Exhibition Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Peter Clarke, John Firth-Smith, John Peart Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
Field to Figuration NGV
Painters and Sculptors: diversity in contemporary Australian Art Queensland Art Gallery
Contemporary Art in Australia – a review Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Painters & Sculptors Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Surface for Reflexion AGNSW
The Challenge of the Landscape NERAM, Armidale, NSW

Works on Paper: 1950 to the Present 312 Lennox Street Gallery, Melbourne
20 Years of Abstraction Ivan Dougherty Gallery

Queensland / Works 1950-1985
University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane
The First Decade 1975-1985 Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane
Selected Works from the Last Two Decades Pinacotheca, Melbourne

The Field Now Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne

Project 41: The Mosaic/The Grid AGNSW, Sydney
Australian Perspecta 1983 AGNSW
Painters Tasmanian Art School, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Twelve Australian Painters Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA)
Tribute to Mervyn Horton AGNSW

Australian Paintings and Sculpture 1956-1981: A Survey from the Collection AGNSW, Sydney
Australian Drawings in the Newcastle Region Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, NSW
The Seventies: Australian Paintings and Tapestries from the Collection of the National Australia Bank NGV

John Peart and David Rankin Watters Gallery

John Peart, Peter Clarke, Anthony Pryor Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
Recent Paintings from the studio of… (with Richard Larter, Jon Plapp and David Rankin) Watters Gallery

Works on Paper Watters Gallery

21st Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Exhibition Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Abstraction Watters Gallery

Australian Colourists ’77 Western Australian Institute of Technology, Perth

Outlines of Australian Printmaking Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria

Inaugural Exhibition The Little Gallery, Devonport, Tas
Caltex Art Awards Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Morwell, Vic
Philip Morris Arts Grant Melbourne City Square, Melbourne

Philip Morris Arts Grant (first annual exhibition)
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
Ten Years Watters Gallery
Gifts from Patrick White AGNSW

Contemporary Australian Painting and Sculpture Touring to New Zealand
Recent Australian Art AGNSW

Australian Art Today Touring to Indonesia

The Field NGV, Melbourne and AGNSW, Sydney

Four Sydney Painters Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Sydney Painters Auckland Festival of Art, Auckland, NZ
John Peart and Geoffrey de Groen Watters Gallery
The New Art Scene Contemporary Art Society, Adelaide

John Peart and Robert Williams Watters Gallery
Four Young Painters Watters Gallery
Survey of Young Australian Painters Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Vic


Albury Regional Gallery
Applecross Evening Technical College, Perth
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
Australian National University Collection
Baker & McKenzie
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Victoria
B.H.P. Billiton
Brisbane Civic Art Gallery and Museum
Chartwell Collection,
City Art Institute, Sydney
Dalby Art Gallery, Queensland
Dawson Waldron
Family Law Courts, Canberra
I.C.I. Australia Ltd
J Walter Thompson
Kedumba Drawing Prize Collection
Kerry Stokes Collection, Western Australia
Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Victoria
Macquarie University
Monash University
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
National Australia Bank
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
New England Regional Art Museum
New South Wales Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria
Orange City Art Gallery, New South Wales
Parliament House, Canberra
Philip Morris Art Purchase Grant
Philip Cox and Partners Pty. Ltd
Philip Morris Art Purchase Grant
Queensland Art Gallery
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria
State Bank of New South Wales
Tasmanian College of Advanced Education
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Townsville Teachers College
UBS bank
University of New South Wales
University of Sydney
University of Western Australia
Western Australian Institute of Technology
Western Mining Corporation
Wollongong City Art Gallery, New South Wales
World Bank

John Peart: Formations and Rhythms, 2022

John Peart 2017

Paintings and collages selected by Elisabeth Cummings, with an interview by independent curator Sioux Garside.

View exhibition catalogue

Watters 50 Years Book

Watters Gallery 50th Anniversary Exhibition: 18 November – 13 December 2014

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John Peart (1945 - 2013) - A Selection from the Estate

John Peart (1945-2013) - Collages

John Peart (1945-2013) - The Sixties - a selection of works on paper from the Estate

Joe Frost and John Peart Exhibition, Watters Gallery, Sydney, 2015

RAW Wedderburn: John McDonald

The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

7 July 2018

An Interaction Between Music and Painting by Nicole Bowller

Australian Performing Arts Collection


John Peart: still exploring by Joe Frost

Artist Profile, Issue 17, p72-77


Close window interview by Harvey Shields

September 2007

Four Wedderburn painters by Peter Pinson

Art & Australia, p270-277

1 May 2001