Dr Peter Alwast

PhD UNSW Art and Design, Sydney 2019, MFA (Painting) New School University, Parsons School of Design, New York 2001, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons First Class) QUT, Brisbane 1997
Senior lecturer in Painting
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting) 190502
  • Lens Based Practice 190503
  • Art Theory 190103
  • Art History 190102
  • Aesthetics 220301
  • Poststructuralism 220317

Research interests

Theoretical research includes contemporary aesthetic debates, post-structuralism, new materialism, formalism and the work of Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere and Bernard Stiegler.

Studio research is based on relations and discordances between paintings, prints and video works that critique and expose neo-liberal institutions, social fragmentation and precarious constructions of community.





Peter Alwast has held over 18 solo exhibitions and has been shown in group exhibitions at the Tate Modern (London), Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania), the Greater Taipei Biennial, the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), GOMA - Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, among others. His work is held in public and private collections in Australia and the United States. Alwast's practice employs a range of media including painting, video, computer graphics and drawing. In 1999, Alwast was awarded a Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship and since completing his Masters in Fine Art degree from the Parsons School of Design, New School University, New York in 2001, he has exhibited  nationally and internationally. In 2013 Alwast undertook a residency and solo exhibition at Videotage in Hong Kong . In 2011 he created a solo exhibition Future Perfect at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and his work was seen in the group exhibition Experimenta Utopia Now travelling to MONA, Tasmania as well as Selectively Revealed at the Aram Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.  In 2010 Alwast's video animation work 'Everything' received an honourable mention in Update III, at the Liedts Meesen foundation in Ghent, Belgium.  His drawing work ‘Trees, Waterfall, Back’ won the Jacaranda drawing award in Grafton Regional Gallery. In 2008 he was the inaugural recipient of The New Media Art Award, hosted by The Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia.

Researcher's projects

Solo Exhibitions

2022  'Recent Work', Gallery9, Sydney

2018  'Making Sense', Gallery9, Sydney 

2016  'Here and There' The Garage, Canberra 

2015 '1,2,3' Gallery9, Sydney, 'Being Together' The Block, QUT, Brisbane, 'Video Works' Screen Space, Melbourne

2014 'The Origins of Humanity', Boxcopy, Brisbane

2013 'Looking Down', Videotage, Hong Kong, 'Frozen In The Tracks', Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane, Duets, Gallery9, Sydney

2012 'Translations', Grafton Regional Gallery

2011 'Future Perfect', Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, New Work, Ryan Renshaw, Brisbane, Drawings, Gallery9, Sydney

2008 'The Landing', Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

2007 'Places That Don’t Exist', George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast, 'Now That The Neighbours Can Dance', Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

2006 'The Night Sky', MSSR, Brisbane

2005 'Somewhere In The South Pacific', Blindside, Melbourne, 'Delivery', Metro Arts, Brisbane

2003 'Working Like A Tiger', The Farm Space, Brisbane


Group Exhibitions

2021 'One or Two', ANCA Gallery, Canberra

2020 'Mosman Art Prize' finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

2019 'Unfinished Business', Canberra Contemporary Art Space

2018 'Painting Amongst Other Things' Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra. 

2017 'Red,Green Blue', A History of Australian Video Art, Griffith University, Brisbane

2016 'Greater Taipei Biennale', NTUA Art Musuem, Taipei, Fishers Ghost Exhibition, Campbelltown Arts Centre.

2015  A Time and a Place, Landscapes from the Griffith University Art Collection, Albany Art Prize, WA.

2014 'Art Stage Singapore', Singapore Art Fair, Always Foever Now- Timelessness and The Currency of New Media Art, Das Weisse Haus, Vienna, Austria.

2013 'The Wandering', Museum of Contemporary Art Touring Exhibition, Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbeltown Arts Center, Albany Art Prize, Albany Town Hall, WA, Works on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery

2012 'Selectively Revealed' National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,Taipei, Selectively Revealed Chulalongkorn University Art Spapce,Bangkok, Thailan.

2011 'Selectively Revealed', Aram Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, Group Show, Gallery9, Sydney, Experimenta Biennale of Media Art- Utopia Now, Melbourne Arts Centre, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Experimenta Utopia Now, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania

2010 'Update III',Liedts-Meesen Foundation, Ghent, Belgium, 'No Soul For Sale', Tate Modern, United Kingdom, 'Dream Home', Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, 'Move on Asia', Para-Site, Hong Kong, 'Move on Asia', Loop Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, 'Experimenta', Utopia Now, The Arts Center, Melbourne                                           

2009 'Souviners from Earth', Video Art Tv Channel, Germany and France online: http://www.souvenirsfromearth.tv  Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Art Gallery, Fremantle Temperature Two, New Art From Queensland, Museum of Brisbane, Australia, No Identifiable Culture Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW 'I Have Not Been Myself Lately', QCA Gallery, Griffith University, Brisbane

2008 'The Premier of Queensland New Media Award', Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 'Tidal', Davonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania, 'Video Ground', (Touring) -Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand, University of Chicago, Chicago, 'Gifted' - New to the Griffith University Collection, Dell Gallery, Brisbane, Wilson HTM Art Prize (Touring), Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne, Grantpirrie, Sydney, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane            

Current student projects

Shanti Duyen Shea-An (PhD candidate) 'Reading/Painting: A Practice-led Inquiry into Textuality, Legibility, and Translation in Contemporary Painting'

Alex Kennedy (PhD candidate) 'Expanded Spaces of Flatness'

Kris Peta Deray (PhD candidate) ‘Generating Affect: on materiality, representation and sensory means'

Timothy Phillips (PhD candidate) 'Symbolic language in gay figurative painting' 

Past student projects

Phil Page 'The Form and Content of European Cities as Paintings' 2018, PhD.

Bryan Spier 'Narratives of Shape and Colour' 2016, PhD. 

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