To Adam Pyett, subject matter is not of primary importance, but rather it is the act of painting itself that is paramount to his process.
As an artist, he is best known for his still-life works of native flowers and skulls. The portrayal of these objects is secondary to the overall success of a work. Pyett’s background in abstraction and his interest in colour theory are evident in his evocative compositions, and his textured, worked surfaces showcase his chosen material.
Adam Pyett graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts.
His work is held in public and private collections throughout Australia, including in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, Monash University Museum of Art, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park and the Macquarie Bank Collection.
NEW PAINTINGSAdam Pyett’s paintings encourage close contemplation. Focused on paint and image-making, Pyett intentionally restricts his subject matter to landscapes in order to intensely explore light, form, brushwork, colour and the very nature of painting itself. Pyett explains, 'There is an internal logic to a painting. For example the feeling of sunlight on leaves is achieved by creating the right relationship between the colours used for the leaves against those used for the sky and those used for the shadows. The relationship between the colours in the painting is more important than the colours as seen in nature.’ Pyett graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts. A solo survey exhibition of his work was held at Geelong Gallery in 2017. His work is held in public and private collections throughout Australia, including at the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Geelong Gallery, Artbank and Monash University Museum of Art.
ADAM PYETT SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN THE LEN FOX PAINTING PRIZE
Adam Pyett has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2022 Len Fox Painting Prize, a $50,000 acquisitive painting prize awarded to a living Australian artist to commemorate the life and work of Emanuel Phillips Fox.
Works by Pyett and other shortlisted artists are on display at Castlemaine Art Museum until 13 June 2022.
Image: Adam Pyett, Goldfields track, winter, 2021
ADAM PYETT ON NGV CHANNEL
Adam Pyett is featured in the first episode of a new web series produced by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and inspired by the NGV exhibition She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism, on display until 22 August 2021.
Pyett explains how his practice deeply explores the very nature of painting using Australian landscapes as a subject to explore relationships between light and colour.
Video: Adam Pyett En Plein Air, produced by the NGV
ADAM PYETT SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN THE 2020 JOHN LESLIE ART PRIZE
Adam Pyett has been selected as a finalist for the John Leslie Art Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious and valuable prizes for landscape painting.
His shortlisted work, Morning Shadows, 2020, will be on display at Gippsland Art Gallery from 16 May until 26 July 2020.
To join our waiting list for new works by Adam Pyett, please contact the gallery.
Image: Adam Pyett, Morning Shadows, 2020
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