Peter Hackett’s paintings are recognizable by their captivating use of color and composition. Thick impasto layers and a vivid palette evoke the natural environment. The artist is inspired by the swathes of flowers which fill the fields surrounding his Dairy Flat studio during spring and summer. A unique, almost sculptural quality is achieved in Hackett’s work: the subject has an immediacy and feels close enough to touch. This feeling of intimacy is enhanced through viewing from a low perspective, allowing us to lose ourselves further within the joyful, visceral qualities of these intoxicating works. A theatrical sense of lighting adds to the excitement and drama, the strong red of poppies creating a striking compositional balance through many of the works.
The Honeymooners’ Bed, is not only the title of every painting in a series of work stretching back fourteen years, but it is also a registered trademark. “Each work is related to the next, like a family. Each work speaks to, and of the next like a discussion. Each work owes its existence to the one before, and so, like a family, they share the same name. I am not just using oil paint to describe a meadow, I am using a meadow to describe oil paint.” These unforgettable images invoke notions of passion, scent, texture, colour and the incomparable beauty of nature, celebrated in myriad combinations by this must-see artist. After finishing high school in New Zealand Hackett travelled to Paris where he studied under the guidance of highly respected artists such as Camillo Otero and Susanne Runacher. His time spent at the Paris American Academy of Fine Arts and Languages became the catalyst for the experimentation evident in Hackett’s work in the following decade. Hackett’s work has been recognized with exhibitions worldwide, and his paintings are represented in significant private and public collections in America, England, Italy, France, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. Hackett has been a finalist in several major art awards including the Air New Zealand Art Award, The Nola Holmwood Memorial Portrait Prize, The Elder Este Art Award and The Windsor and Newton Art Award.