Peter Sesselmann was born in Sydney Australia 1964 and at the age of 2 moved with his family to Norway and returned to Australia in 1981. After many different careers ranging from “artificial limb maker” to “Jeweller” Peter finally settled on a family tradition of painting. Since taking up painting full-time in 2000, Peter has had several successful exhibitions and has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines. In 2006 Peter undertook a Tree-change and packed up his home in Lane Cove - Sydney and headed for the beautiful and inspiring Hunter Valley and constructing the 100 m2 Studio on his 10 acre property in sawyers Gully. During this time Peter has also produced many major murals in Kurri Kurri, Cessnock and Patterson and is now ready for the 2017 re-opening of the Studio/Gallery after a one year pause due to a road closure. Peters is a prolific painter he has filled his studio walls with colourful and inspiring paintings of a variety of motives that will shock and delight!
Peter Sesselmann is an innovative Australian artist/designer engaged in a diverse practice of public art and design. Experienced in Large scale art projects and able to work with most materials ranging from metal and wood to plastics and stone. With over 30 years experience in business Peters projects all run on time and to budget. Peter has a keen eye and creates art that demands attention and discussion.
Peter was born in Sydney Australia to a Norwegian mother and German father in 1964, growing up in Norway he had many artistic influences with his father and uncle both being in the arts, and both being painters and sculptors. Peter was accepted into the Norwegian school of arts but was persuaded by his father (who spent 5 years as a soldier during the war) to instead go the path of medicine as he felt it would be a safer career in case of another war. So Peter Started his professional working life at 15 skipping the 3 years of mandatory technical college and being the youngest person in Norway at the time to start training as a prosthetist (artificial limb maker) where anatomy, psychology and mechanics was a major part of the training. In 1981 Peter returned to Australia and continued his training there.
In 1983 at the age of 19 Peter started a Jewellery manufacturing company, and during his 20 years in this business he sculpted over 3000 jewellery designs that went into production, with over 1 million pieces produced. The business was very successful and was listed twice in the BRWs top 100 fastest growing Australian private companies.
Peter retired from the jewellery business and took up Art professionally in 2000 and had a very successful solo show in Sydney the following year.
Shortly after this Peter moved to the Hunter valley and built a Studio/Gallery on his 10 acre property in Sawyers Gully.
Peter has worked with and created/invented objects from every conceivable raw material including electronics and mechanics. He has a personal understanding and love for most materials and often uses smell and touch to select materials.
“I can hear the timbre of an instrument in my head before it is built, just by smelling and touching the wood”
Peter has been commissioned to create some major murals in the hunter area including the 60 meter long 2 storeys high PCYC mural in cessnock and the main entry mural to the town of Kurri Kurri . Peter has also done several sculptures in the hunter region and also participates in “live” art installations, and as a musician he also perform regularly with his hand made guitars.
In 2017 Peter closed his Gallery in Sawyers Gully and turned the space into a studio workshop, “I needed to decide if I was an artist or a Gallery owner” Peter said.
He is now looking forward to more murals, sculptures exhibitions and commissions.
You can see examples of Peters work at www.peter-art.com
Peter has also creates and designs a range of musical instruments and accessories that are sold on-line and through select stores.
2001 - "Things that make you go Hmm" solo exhibition
2003 -2017 numerous shared exhibitions
2017- "Colouring out" duo exhibition with Stevi Cannon
To be updated.
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