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.
ADAM PYETT AT BENDIGO ART GALLERY
Artist Adam Pyett will be included in the upcoming exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, opening on March 28 - June 25.
Australiana: Designing a Nation surveys the iconography of Australiana in art and design through key chapters in our history through to the present day, identifying a distinct tradition that has reflected—and changed with—popular notions of Australian identity and style. Encompassing the rich expressions of culture and connection to Country of First Nations artists and designers, to explorations of national and personal identity by others, Australiana illuminates a local vernacular.
Curated by and presented exclusively at Bendigo Art Gallery in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, this expansive exhibition showcases works by over 200 artists and designers, including many Australian masterpieces. Spanning the visual and decorative arts as well as photography, illustration, furniture, jewellery, moving image and fashion, this exhibition charts Australia’s social and popular cultural history.
Image: Adam Pyett, Bald Hill, grey day, 2021, oil on linen, 132.5 x 117.3 cm
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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