The sculptural quality of Hackett’s diverse and vibrant palette, applied instinctively with paint-laden brushes and palette knives, unveils the alluring sense that his work is as much about the material as it is about the subject. Paired with the large scale of the works an atmosphere of immediacy and intimacy is created, allowing us to lose ourselves further within the joyful, visceral qualities of these intoxicating paintings.
Flowers have long held the role of muse, their aesthetic, olfactory, and tactile qualities inspiring artists throughout history. Hackett invests in this tradition while engaging with a contemporary framework; observing and presenting flora in a magnetic commingling of abstract and figurative representation that invokes a heady and enchanting sense of passion, scent, texture, colour, and presence.
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 decades.
Hackett’s work has been recognised with exhibitions worldwide, and his paintings are represented in significant New Zealand and international collections. He 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.