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Peter Peryer, 1941 – 2018

Author: Sian Van Dyk, Curator, Programmes

With heavy hearts we mark the passing of our dear friend and artist Peter Peryer.

Peter with his son Clovis and grand-daughter Rita at the opening of Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye. 23rd November 2014.

Peter with his son Clovis and grand-daughter Rita at the opening of Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye. 23rd November 2014.

Peter has been a part of The Dowse whānau since he had his first solo public gallery exhibition here with us in 1977. We have been lucky to count him as a colleague and friend ever since.

Always taking photographs that were impeccably composed, Peter had the ability to see things in life many of us might pass by. He was drawn to the patterns, curls and angles around him and compared his photography to poetry and music. Always collecting trinkets, growing unusual plants and surrounding himself with beauty to find his next “keeper”; he never lost his curiosity, sense of humour and drive.

Peter’s life, career and work has touched the lives of many here at The Dowse and throughout the world. We know that his passing will be strongly felt. To all those grieving, especially his family, we are so sorry for this loss. Peter, we will always be grateful to you–you’re a true keeper.

 

Hear Peter talk about photography and his practice in this recent interview

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