Peter H Marshall

Peter H Marshall Biography


Peter H Marshall

Born in Western Victoria in 1964 and was raised on a farm which ignited his life long interest in drawing, particularly the trees growing on the family property. After attending the Ronald Crawford School of Painting’ (Meldrum School of Tonal Impressionism) in Melbourne, age seventeen, Peter moved to Sydney in 1989 to study drawing and etching full time at the Julian Ashton Art School, where he won the Inaugural Sir William Dobell Scholarship for Drawing in 1990. In the same year he became an assistant Tutor at the school, was awarded the Robert LeGay Brereton Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. In 1991, he was awarded the prestigious A.M.E Bale Travelling and Educational Scholarship in Melbourne, enabling him to embark on an extensive study tour throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. During this period Peter studied the work and techniques of the European, American and Japanese Masters. He lived and worked in private studios for six months in Amsterdam and Paris and visited eleven countries during 1992-93. During a three month stint in London, Peter attended lectures on the old masters techniques at the National Gallery of London. On his return to Australia, the artists’ interest and ability in painting portraits developed to a high degree and was advised by Sir William Dargie to pursue this aspect of his work.

In 1995 the artist was employed as a teacher of Painting, Drawing and Etching at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney and worked on his paintings in a private studio in York Street in the city. The following year he moved to the Central Tablelands of NSW where he taught drawing at the Western Institute of Tafe. After purchasing some land in the village of Rockley NSW in 2004 Peter built his own house over a period of years and worked on his art and commissions in a studio on the edge of the village. During this period his interest in trees was re-kindled and he embarked on several series of works relating to the theme.

In 2012 the artist moved to the Blue Mountains of NSW where he has now established a studio in idyllic surroundings. Peter has continued to paint and draw his favourite subjects and is known as a painter of people and trees.

Since 1981 Peter has accumulated a total of sixty two awards and honors for his work, including, The Alice Bale Travelling and Educational Scholarship 1991, The Calleen Acquisition Award – Cowra 1998, Finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize AGNW 2001-2005 and 2009, the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize 2006-2007-2010 and the Mortimore Art Awards 2007-2009-2010 and 2011.

Peter has received multiple Portrait and Tree themed commissions, has been exhibited in fifty two group shows in Regional and Commercial Galleries in Victoria and NSW, held nine solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Western Victoria and his work is represented in many private and some corporate collections in Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, UK, Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand.


Peter H Marshall | Media

A fantastic video showcasing the creative process of Peter H Marshall leading up to his exhibition ,This Side of Paradise.
Video created by Louisa Clayton.