Peter Davidson
Exhibition: 14 March - 7 April 2018


Peter Davidson is a Melbourne-based artist and architect, best known for designing Melbourne’s Federation Square as founder and co-director of LAB architecture studio. Davidson graduated in 1980 from the NSW Institute of Technology in Sydney (now UTS), after which he moved to London and ran his own practice while simultaneously teaching at various institutions. Davidson has taught and lectured extensively, including at the AA, London; Bartlett School of Architecture, London; as Adjunct Professor at UTS in Sydney; and as Visiting Professor at Cooper Union, New York and MIT, Boston. In 1994 Davidson co-founded LAB architecture studio and won the competition to design Federation Square in 1997, at which time he moved from London to Melbourne. 

After suffering a major stroke in 2010, Davidson stopped practicing as an architect and devoted himself full-time to his artistic practice. Drawing has always been an integral part of Davidson’s life, and his drawings reflect a relentless desire to explore the architectural line. Meticulous and intricate; the drawings trace a multitude of patterns and forms through the strict constraint of black lines on paper. In recent years, Davidson has expanded his practice to include watercolours, exploring form and composition through a more poetic lens.

In this exhibition Davidson presents a selection of recent black and white line drawings, some of which appear in his new book Words, Lines, alongside a new series of watercolours.


Peter Davidson
Book launch: Words, Lines


We are pleased to announce the publication of Words, Lines, a limited edition book by Peter Davidson, to be launched alongside his exhibition.

Words in this book have been selected from Davidson’s writings from the 1980s and 1990s, and the drawings have been selected from his 2016 and 2017 works. To quote Peter: drawings are words in another language.

The book is printed in a first edition of 100 copies. Each book features a unique, hand-drawn dust jacket by Davidson, and is editioned and signed by the artist. 

The book can be pre-ordered now through VERSION or purchased at the Melbourne Art Book Fair.

Book launch at the Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV
4.00 - 4.30pm, Saturday 17 March 2018

To be launched by literary critic Peter Craven

Melbourne Art Book Fair
Federation Court
NGV International
St Kilda Road, Melbourne
16 - 18 March 2018
Event details: Melbourne Art Book Fair