Recognised as one of the leading exponents of figurative painting in Australia, his paintings deal primarily with the human subject in portraiture and group figure narrative subjects.
"Churcher prefers to paint the people that he sees in the streets rather than professional models. These ordinary people, with their own personality and natural energy, appear and often reappear in his paintings. In 2002 he travelled to the Middle East as an official war artist, painting aspects of army life often neglected by press photographers. His images of the sailors, engine-room stokers, flying officers and fighter pilots aboard HMAS Kanimbla now form part of the collection of the Australian War Memorial. Michael Reid, The Art Oracle, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 January, 2007
Since graduating from art school, I have been primarily concerned with the painting of the human figure in a narrative context and the depiction of the human presence - tht is the Portrait. This focus all stems from my devotion to the great figurative masters such as Velasquez and Rembrandt and my firm belief and personal quest to depict our own surrounding world of visual, sensory and emotional stimuli through paint on canvas. Peter Churcher
Churcher is currently living and working in Barcelona.
Represented By: Philip Bacon, Brisbane
Australian Galleries, Sydney
Forthcoming Exhibition:October 2010