Peter Hackett

Artist Peter Hackett in his studio painting

Peter Hackett’s paintings are recognisable by their captivating use of colour and composition, his thick impasto layers and a vivid palette evoking a sublime sense of the natural world.

Inspired by the swathes of flowers that fill the fields during spring and summer, Hackett’s unforgettable images invoke notions of passion, scent, texture, colour and the incomparable beauty of nature.

A sculptural quality is achieved through Hackett’s unique facture and, paired with the large scale of these works in oil, a sense of immediacy and intimacy is created, allowing us to lose ourselves further within the joyful, visceral qualities of these intoxicating works.

Hackett ‘s latest body of work sees a much anticipated return to his The Honeymooners’ Bed  series. This is not only the title of every painting in a series of work stretching over fifteen 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.”

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 recognised 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.

Parnell Gallery has represented Peter Hackett since 2012.

Peter Hackett Auckland artist painting detail poppies Parnell Gallery NZ