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After suffering a spinal cord injury and becoming a high functioning quadriplegic, I believed I would have to give up my artistic pursuits.
Before my injury I loved to produce highly detailed oil paintings. I loved learning about and implementing traditional 'Renaissance' techniques knowing that I’m using the same method that artists used hundreds of years ago. I also had a passion for illustration and cartoon making in watercolour and inks, namely political cartoons.
With a high level spinal cord injury like mine not only does your body become paralysed but so does a portion of your hands and arms. I'm lucky, rather than losing my entire arms only my fingers and thumbs are paralysed in certain ways. Due to this I have found it impossible to paint in the refined way that I did before and I certainly didn't have the dexterity to produce small watercolour cartoons. I did however manage to combine the two. It was possible for me to take my knowledge of the how a traditional oil painting is made, over time using layers of paint and glazes etc.. and apply this to enlarged versions of my cartoon scenes.
Over time I've become more confident and competent and have discovered new tools, techniques and strategies that my hands are capable of getting to grips with (excuse the pun), in a completely new way, I've had 5 different gallery shows, sold work in Australia and abroad and had my watercolour cartoons commissioned for publications several times.
These days I believe I have surpassed the skill level I had before my accident. I am back to creating small watercolour political cartoons which are proving to be quite popular (I owe quite a bit of this success to one Mr. Donald Trump throwing his hat in the political ring). I divide my time between political satire work and general picture making in oils. I describe my work as picture making because there seems to be no constant style. After the accident I became used to adapting and evolving to find out what style or technique would work for me I kind of became addicted to it. Because of this experience in pushing myself whilst out of my comfort zone, I have come to love the challenge of experimenting and always producing something new and with that, my art is ever changing.

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Education

Masters in Fine Art - The University of Sydney 2015
BA Hons in Fine Art - The University of Huddersfield 2003

Exhibitions

The University of Huddersfield Graduate show, Huddersfield, UK - 2003
The White Rooms Gallery, Yorkshire, UK - 2004
Pollyanna Gallery, Barnsley, UK - 2004
Sydney College of the Arts Graduate Show - 2014
Verge Gallery, Sydney (group show) - 2015
Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi - 2016
Angry Tony's, Surry Hills - 2016
Vivid Gallery, Surry Hills - 2016

Press

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/bondi-artist-pete-conroy-tackling-corporate-greed-in-first-solo-exhibition-at-bondi-pavilion/news-story/664ed6c586d9a6bbea0fe6f37391a482
http://www.aroundyou.com.au/whats-on/events/peter-conroy-art-exhibition
http://theaimn.com/the-art-of-life/
https://test12.nabo.com.au/whats-on/event/peter-conroy-art-exhibition
http://whatsonbondi.com.au/events/4369/
https://issuu.com/altmedia/docs/cityhub_9_june_2016
https://www.vividshop.com.au/products/pete-conroy-pink-lady-2016?variant=29297066883

Influences

Peter Howson, Greald Scarfe, Martin Rowson, Steve Bell, Renoir, Tom Keating, Peter Brookes, David Rowe, roger Law

42cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
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21cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
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42cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
$180
30cm (W) x 42cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
$180
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