20 July - 13 August 2016
Peter Davidson is a Melbourne-based artist and internationally renowned architect, best known for designing Melbourne’s Federation Square as founder and co-director of LAB architecture studio. He has also had a distinguished career teaching and lecturing worldwide and has designed buildings across the world, with major projects in the UK and China.
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 internationally including at the AA, London; Bartlett School of Architecture, London; as Adjunct Professor at UTS in Sydney; Visiting Professor at Cooper Union, New York and MIT, Boston. In 1994 Peter 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 stroke in 2010, Davidson stopped practicing as an architect and devoted himself full time to his artistic practice. Davidson’s drawings in the five years since then are meticulous and intricate, tracing a multitude of patterns and forms through the strict constraint of black lines on paper, his drawings taking his relentless desire to explore the line in architecture to a different dimension of artistic expression. After five years of drawing black lines, Davidson presents a new body of watercolours, his first works in colour.
Recent exhibitions of his work include Peter Davidson, Daine Singer (2015 & 2013), A Fine Line, Daine Singer (2012) and Draw the Line, National Gallery of Victoria (2009).