Peter Tyndall

Australia, b.1951

detail A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something…

  • Purchased 1990
  • Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery
  • A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something... CULTURAL CONSUMPTION PRODUCTION linocut and screenprint
  • 995 x 700mm
  • 90/23:26-40
  • 1988

Peter Tyndall initially trained as an architect and has since established a reputation as a painter and a coneptual and performance artist. Since the early 1980s he has repeatedly titled his works detail A Person Looks At A Work Of Art / someone looks at something…, signifying his belief that it is the action of the viewer looking at his work that makes it art. This preoccupation places the viewer’s response and perspective as a central element in his art – the very act of looking becomes part of the artwork. In this series, Tyndall creates a striking contrast between traditionally inspired medieval woodcuts and contemporary-looking screenprinted grids.