Peta Minnici is a Sydney based artist whose work encompasses oil painting, drawing and watercolour. Selecting subjects based on personal memory, her subjects range from humble figurative portraits and still life images to familiar landscapes and interior settings.
Minnici deconstructs imagery creating a time-lapse effect which draws attention to the materiality of painting and drawing. Her drawing focuses on mark making, employing a labour-intensive process of vertical or horizontal hatching, formed intuitively over time, while her paintings comprise of numerous layers of thin paint which aims to undo the representation of each subject into small brush strokes of tone and colour. Shifting between representation and abstraction these processes parallel the nature of time, the recording of personal memory and the complex nature of viewing time.
Minnici attended the Julian Ashton Art School and has completed a Bachelor and Master of Fine Art from the National Art School.
Peta’s work has been exhibited in Australia at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, National Art School, Dominik Mersch Gallery, The Brett Whiteley Studio, May Space Gallery , Gaffa Gallery, Redland Art Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Gallery, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery, Griffith Regional Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Tamworth Regional Gallery and Lost Bear Gallery.
In 2015 she was awarded the John Olsen Prize for Drawing, The Parkers Fine Art Award for Painting and the Parkers Fine Art Award for all Disciplines. In 2017 she was selected as a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. In 2019 she was selected as finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize and in the same year awarded the Kedumba Drawing award. Her work is held in private and public collections throughout Australia.