Peter Churcher was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1964 and completed his painting studies in Melbourne in 1992. Since that time he has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and has been represented in many group exhibitions across the country.
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
Churcher’s work is represented in many major public, corporate and private collections throughout Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, The Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Parliament House, Victoria, the Collection of Kerry Stokes, Western Australia and the Collection of William.S.Lieberman, USA.
Churcher is currently living and working in Barcelona.