Peter McDonald’s paintings have entered a new dimension. A large head sculpted in plaster is transformed into a mountain, the face becoming lowlands. A population at leisure inhabits this giant. A stream springs from the forehead, meanders around the tundra and gathers at the eyes, while tiny folk go about their business driving around the roads that spiral up towards a summit car park.
Although McDonald take his cues from everyday life (painting bakers, snooker players, teachers etc) the form the work takes is becoming increasingly outlandish. A face becomes a desert island with two sole inhabitants. Elsewhere another head rises up to a snowy peak or the moon. It is not clear if these sculptures are giants, benevolent deities or humans with an infestation of tiny creatures, a microcosm hosting a miniature universe.
Occupying the gallery like standing stones, or visitors from a parallel world, they might be earth, sun or moon gods while simultaneously describing the modern world of hiking, sunbathing and space exploration.
Peter McDonald, born Tokyo 1973, lives and works in London.
Recent exhibitions include: Like Color In Pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, 2007;
Group show, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, 2006; Peter McDonald, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, 2005; Makeover: Paintings by Seven Pacific Rim Artists, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, 2005.
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