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Peter Bonner

Australia, United States of America

1964 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Fitzroy Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    charcoal on thick white wove paper
    107.0 x 107.0 cm sheet; 123.0 x 122.0 x 4.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. verso, compressed charcoal "PETER BONNER/ INTERIOR '96".

    Gift of the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 1997
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Peter Bonner

    Reproduction requests

    Dobell Prize for Drawing
    Winner - 1997
    Artist information
    Peter Bonner

    Works in the collection


  • About

    This was the first in a body of work based on views of the artist’s studio at the time, an old stable in Fitzroy, Melbourne. ‘I have spent the last few years looking at the immediate environment in which I live, both interior scenes and inner city spaces …’ (Peter Bonner, 1997). 'Interior' reveals Bonner’s pared-down approach to drawing, in which changes that result from erasing and refining charcoal lines leave ghostly traces on the paper, all contributing to the final image.

    This work won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 1997 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1997.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

    • Sonia Barron, The Canberra Times, 'Balancing the old and the new’, pg. 3, Canberra, 06 Aug 1997, 3.

    • Jackie Blondell, Accountancy Magazine, ‘Not many people know him’, pg. 54, Sydney, 01 Feb 1998, 54.

    • Louise Evans, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Beginner's luck', pg. 13, Sydney, 05 Apr 1997, 13 (illus.). Spectrum Arts supplement

    • Hendrik Kolenberg, The Dobell Prize for Drawing: 1993-2004, ‘Introduction: the first ten years’, pg. 8-9, Sydney, 2004, 5 (illus., detail), 24, 25 (illus.), 50, 52.

    • Hendrik Kolenberg, Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, ‘Introduction’, pg. 6-14, Sydney, 2012, 9, 28, 29 (illus.), 60.

    • Robert Nelson, The Age, ‘Left feeling a little drawn’, pg. 7, Melbourne, 28 May 1997, 7 (illus.).

    • Malcolm Schmidtke (Editor), The Weekend Australian, Sydney, 22 Mar 1997-23 Mar 1997, 5. headline unknown; article by Susan Horsburgh

    • Nicola Webber, Herald Sun, ‘Art win eases painter’s pain’, pg. 9, Melbourne, 22 Mar 1997, 9.

    • Editor Unknown (Editor), Courier Mail, ‘Eyes have it for Archibald winner subject will never see’, pg. 3, Brisbane, 22 Mar 1997, 3. author unknown