'Nowhere now here’ is the second installation of small to medium scale paintings produced whilst living in Shanghai and in the most recent months in Melbourne. Peter Summers’s work exhales a full acceptance of the futility of painting in the 21st century. He is responding to the situation not with cries of protest, lament or frustration, but with whispering assertions of the memory and potential instinct in the materials of painting, thanks to its long history. Over the past 20 twenty years Peter Summers has become known for his abstract oil paintings that are at once reductive and expressive. His subtle and arresting works on canvas demonstrate a complex, intriguing expression of Minimalism. The paintings are built up layer by layer with various colours of alternately opaque and translucent oil paint. Summers’s paintings marry a meticulous investigation of the fundamentals of the painterly process and an emphatic insistence on the materiality of both canvas and paint, with deeply resonant explorations of the affective qualities of colour, light and hue.
“What I'm attempting to paint is very much involved with the application of paint and the idea of how to make a painting where the application of paint is actually a structural element. But it's not predetermined, and so each painting is extremely different. They are very pared down, very quiet, and the kind of activity that's happening in the paintings are not always overt.”