About Peter Lambropoulos

Peter Lambropoulos is an award winning photographer who has been exhibiting since the late 1980s. He has exhibited widely in artist run initiatives, public and commercial galleries in Australia and abroad. His visual research is predominantly realised photographically with spin-offs into video, installation and events.

Often working collaboratively across multiple disciplines, he has created works with writers, curators and visual artists that range from object based to interactive to the immersive.

Education

1998-99 Advanced Diploma, Electronic Design and Interactive Multimedia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne.
1995-96 Post Graduate Diploma, Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
1988-90 Bachelor of Arts, Photography, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.

Exhibitions

Individual Exhibitions
2013 Metallic, Rubicon ARI, Melbourne.
Noise Noise Everywhere, Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough.
2011 Glob Life, Greenwood Street Projects, Melbourne.
2002 SWIRL random acts of the kinetic, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra.
1997 Not Suitable for Roach, Talk Artists Initiative, Melbourne.
1995 Sue Jones, Fictional and Actual Artists Space, Melbourne.
1992 Offal, Space Plenitude, Brisbane.
1990 Sometimes it's hard to get out of bed, Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane.

Collaborative Exhibitions
2016 Portal for propositions, in collaboration with Sandra Bridie and James Morrison, Bus Projects, Melbourne.
2015 Slap Pals get sacked — an art improvement program, Slap Pals collaboration with Astrid Scott, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne.
2013 Coloured Light Plays, Slap Pals collaboration with Astrid Scott, as part of Coloured Light Plays, curated by Sandra Bridie and Craig Burgess, Melbourne.
2012 PM: An incidental video opera, collaboration with Sandra Bridie and presented by Chamber Made Opera as part of their Living Room Opera series, Preston, Melbourne.
2011 Variations on Ten Words, video collaboration with Sandra Bridie and Cynthia Troup, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne.
2002 Transitional Play Unit, collaboration with Dr Warren Harmer, as part of Six Conjectural Modules, coordinated by Sandra Bridie, Tower Studio, Queens College, Melbourne University, Melbourne.
1999 Magazine, collaboration with Michael Pogia, Talk Artists Initiative, Melbourne.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 POETRY, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, Melbourne.
2014 Vital Signs: Interpreting the archive, Blindside, Melbourne.
2012 Photographic Abstractions, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne.
2011 Out of the Darkness, Gallerysmith, Melbourne.
Unearthly Garden, curated by Carolyn Dew, Colour Factory Gallery, Melbourne.
2010 Markers, Greenwood Street Projects, Melbourne.
Strange Nature, Red Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 Botanica 08, Pigment Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 We Are All Animals, Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo.
2002 IQ, NewQ 2002, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne.
2001 The No Know Space, for Midsumma Festival, poster project throughout Melbourne.
2000 Travelsick Part 2, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Hanover Galleries, Liverpool, UK.
Sally's Paddock Art Prize, Patrizia Autore Gallery, Melbourne.
On the Beach, Talk Artists Initiative, Melbourne.
1999 Roadkill#1, [email protected] Gertrude Street, Melbourne.
1998 Anniversary, Talk Artists Initiative, Melbourne.
Oscillate, Nextwave Festival, Stop 22, Melbourne.
1997 Introduction, Talk Artists Initiative, Melbourne.
1995 Shuck, Southgate, Melbourne.
1994 Eidetic Experiences, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa. Tour of regional Queensland 1994-95.
Neophytes III: After Taste, Gallery 101, Melbourne.
1992 Move Over, Space Plenitude, Brisbane.
Who do you take me for?, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. National tour 1992-93
1991 Suncorp Art Awards Finalists' Exhibition, School of Arts Building, Brisbane.
1989 In Full Sunlight, AGLASSOFWATER, Brisbane.

Awards and Prizes
2017 Finalist: William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne.
2015 Finalist: The M Collection Finalists Award, Gallerysmith, Melbourne.
2014 Winner: The M Collection Finalists Award, Gallerysmith, Melbourne.
1993 Finalist: Felix H. Man Memorial Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Tour of regional Victoria 1993-94.

Influences

In the studio I construct fantastical images that reveal the possibilities of imagined, manufactured and constructed environments. This is not new and the history of photography is filled with fantasists and illusionists.

The objects, spaces and places I photograph are the product of a still life practice that explores the aesthetic potential of everyday materials. Thus far this has included photographing through water, casting gelatine and growing crystals. I like to interfere with photography’s perceived objectivity and the subjects in my photographs hint at being something they are clearly not. I aim to create images that they occupy two spaces simultaneously — they are real and yet they are fakes.

Although I use a digital workflow, my images are not post-manipulated to create their unique aesthetic. What I see through the viewfinder is what ends up in my final exposure.