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Peter’s art hangs in his Wethering Heights Gallery at "Norville. New (2013) display walls and paintings have recently been installed.

If I have to describe what quite a lot of my paintings are – ‘City’, ‘The Search’, in particular - it might be best put, ‘Gothic, but with an Australian accent’.

As for the religious angle which many show, I explain it like this ...

My belief and portrayal does not stem from any personal belief in a God floating around out there some place. Rather it is the portrayal of ‘people’ – people, as they are in the world today. They are Western people for the most part. Australian, even more so.

There are believers, non-believers, others in between, and all around. My works shows all.

Even non-believers – usually - have a religious funeral. Maybe in case they turn out to be wrong about God? Or maybe they simply forgot, or never got around to specifying, any particular request.                          

If we look back over the centuries we see people have gone to great lengths and effort to build religious structures, architecture. Beauty. Grandeur.

This is what I see and feel is fabulous. This is what I wish to portray. This is ‘people’.

I can walk into a church and ‘feel’ the depth ...  Stand outside and look up at the spires against a brilliant blue sky. Beautiful. Magnificent.

And the headstone ... the final resting place. For this is where we find all that is left of the person we once knew. There is no more symbolic structure or shape, than the headstone. It is symbolic of The Next Journey ... whether we will in some form know it, or not.

But perhaps more than anything for me, it is a striving to learn, what it’s all about.

The answer to that three-part question ...

Where did we come from?
What are we doing here?
... and, where DO we go to when we die?


When I was a little boy, if I got a new toy, it was fine to play with it for a while but then I had a need to pull it apart to find out how it worked. I needed to know. I don’t remember it ever mattering, should I not be able to get it back together again. The wish to know how it worked seems to have been a much greater need.

When I was a little boy my father
used to tell me that I had an
overactive imagination.

So it got to the point I was given less toys that I could pull apart. Hence, I was never allowed to have an electric train set.

But, possibly even more intriguing, as the years have shown, it was better for me to have things that required ‘putting together’ - constructed – and that way I already knew from the start what was inside and how it worked.

Remind me to buy an electric train set one day - just so I DO have one, once in my life.

Peter Norvill 

Enid could draw. Her school biology
book, grade 7, is in our collection.
However, like so many talented
people, some never really got
around to furthering their ability

First Archibald entry painting of me
in 2001. Sue Thompson (artist).
Triptych painted at Murrurundi

Model for graveside scenes

Peter pictured with Patrice
Newell and special guest
speaker Philip Adams at
the opening of the
2012 Norvill Art Prize