Peter Day has been making art professionally for over 45 years. Peter’s personal works (paintings and prints) have been shown in over 30 solo shows and grace many public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth Bank, five universities, and a few regional galleries.
Peter is the Artistic Director of the award winning Peter Day Environmental Art+Design (EA+D), which specialises in site-specific public art. EA+D have created over 200 projects in Australia and overseas – murals, sculptures, ceramics, mosaics, playgrounds and urban design.
His academic qualifications include a Diploma of Industrial Design, a Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies and an M.A. in Community and Public Art.
Peter has made a special study of Keim Mineral Silicate (dry fresco) paint technology, which will last many decades in extreme weather conditions. He uses this technology in both his public and private art. Peter’s paintings capitalise on the soft velvety matt surface and earthy colour scheme characteristic of the inorganic pigments and the potassium silicate binder.
He is a Churchill Fellow and has won many art awards and Australia Council grants and been appointed to a wide range of Artist-in-Residencies including Vence in the South of France, New York, Geelong Grammar School and Bundanon. Peter has taught and guest lectured at most universities in NSW, consulted and/or contracted to all three levels of Government in Australia and has worked with the United Nations.
In 2003 Peter Day - Environmental Art+Design was awarded a Highly Commended in the Western Sydney Industry Awards and in 2009 was the winner of the Professional Services section of the Business Achiever Awards.
As the artistic Director of Peter Day Environmental Art & Design (EA+D) Peter has created some notable public works of art which include:
- The two largest murals in the Southern Hemisphere - King George V Activity Centre, the Rocks Sydney (the largest community mural) and Gift Given for Sydney City Council (Designed by Bronwen Bancroft) Tempe, NSW.
- Three works for the Department of Foreign Affairs. Two paintings for the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, and one in Mexico 'Mexico y Australia a Juntos' Mural at the residence of the Australian Ambassador to Mexico.
- 'Rixon Hill Folly' environmental sculpture, an ancient ruined castle of mud-brick and stone and the 'Between 2 Rivers Project', for Campbelltown City Council.
- 'Frontispiece’ laser cut and rolled corten and stainless steel, 10 panels 2400mm x 1200mm located over the 23m façade of the Chester Hill Library and Knowledge Centre – depicting the short history of writing for Bankstown City Council.
- ‘Greetings’ bronze, marble and concrete, tableau of three pieces reflecting diverse community welcoming rituals.
More details of Peter's Public work can be seen at www.environmentalartanddesign.com.au Although public art is the mainstay of Peter Day’s art practice he still produces personal art (so as not to impose his personal vision on the community/public art) to express and explore his thoughts and feelings on landscape, the environment and society, and sometimes music and sculpture.
- Studio Exhibition
- Day Survey
- Marianne Newman Gallery
- Hard Country II
- Broken Hill Regional Gallery
- Hard Country I
- Addison Rd Gallery
- Summer Collection
- Ann Snell Gallery -
- Gallery East Clovelly
- A Long Stick
- UTS Gallery. Sydney.
- Provenance II
- Project Contemporary Art Space
- Harmonics of the Dark
- Atrium Gallery A.B.C. Ultimo