Peter Westwood, born 1954 in Sydney, is an artist, curator and arts writer now based in Melbourne. Peter completed his undergraduate studies – a Diploma (1978) and Graduate Diploma (1981) of Fine Art, and a Graduate Diploma in Education (1982) – at the University of Ballarat, RMIT and Melbourne University, respectively. On a postgraduate level, he received a Master of Arts (by Research) from Monash University in 1995, and from 2013 to the present, has been undertaking a PhD at RMIT University. His PhD research topic is titled Transition and passage within the idiom of Painting, and seeks to examine the values that have been ascribed to painting, particularly within the context of late capitalist society.
For many years Peter’s work has concentrated on ideas about being within unsettled conditions. In this, he has worked through a long-standing interest in painting, but also video, drawing, installation and collage. His work has formed through ideas that reinforce the passing nature of experience rather than operating as a representation or imitation, or the depiction of a ‘thing’ or affect.
Peter currently works at RMIT University in the School of Art as a Senior Lecturer and is Program Coordinator of the Honours Program for the School. He Coordinated the School of Art International Artist in Residence (iAIR) Program for six years until the end of 2010, having established iAIR in 2004 as part of a key initiative to further international collaborations for the School. Prior to this, in 1995, he established and formed Project Space and Spare Room, and along with the School of Art Gallery, managed these exhibition spaces until 2004. His work is included in the permanent collections of art museums, regional galleries and corporations in Australia, as well as privately.