The Human Condition
13th June – 14th July 2012
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Peter Booth is an epic storyteller. His art records an odyssey powered by imagination and disciplined by four decades of painting and drawing. The imagery of his work, distanced from the immediate and the particular, gains ascent to wider universal reading by virtue of its power in addressing both the cultural chimeras of our mythic past and prophecies of the imagined future. Nurtured by literature and drawn from dreams and memory which have survived the devolution of time, Booth’s dramatic and poetic images of the human spirit are framed within a world both observed and imagined. Their portrayal of different psychological states of mind documents a cultural journey that traverses anxiety, violence, spiritual turmoil, alienation and acceptance.
Excerpt from ‘Hard Rain: The Iconography of Peter Booth’, Robert Lindsay, in Peter Booth: HUMAN/NATURE, National Gallery of Victoria, 2003-04