SUSPECT
PETER WICHMAN

19 July - 13 August 2016

What is suspect? Who is suspect?
Shady characters, of course, or shady agendas. Scheming that has its source in dark places, where reason is vanquished and passion set up to rule. Shady ideologies, shady faith enforced by idealist - those are highly suspect, their underhand motives intended to baffle and lead astray. Wasted landscapes peopled by actors and swindlers and chimeras, crying out to be counted and endorsed, lost, heading nowhere, controlled while they believe they are controlling. A tragi-comic crowd who, wanting release, only dig themselves further into what is clandestine and ritualistic and fraudulent. Pity innocence; pity what has been thrust aside; pity the efforts to return.

Peter Wichman’s show Suspect continues his fascination with imagery drawn from literature. His imagination delves into worlds we are never quite sure of, they’re quirky, unsettling or strange, depending how we view them.

Perhaps the ‘Suspect’ in this case is the artist’s intentions, his willingness to commit to paint some part of himself that will come under our scrutiny and maybe have suspicion turned against it. This is painting for the times, troubled, dislocated, and strangely compelling. Wichman has been described as a painter of unease, people have a habit of turning into bugs or birds, their hair spontaneously combusts, hands have blood on them, it’s all confusing and beautifully bizarre.

Saint, 2016. Oil on canvas, 500 x 400mm

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Baby, 2016. Oil on canvas, 400 x 400mm

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Folly, 2016. Oil on canvas, 455 x 606mm

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Incident, 2016. Oil on canvas, 210 x 300mm

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Moths, 2016. Oil on canvas, 500 x 700mm

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Term, 2016. Oil on canvas, 400 x 300mm

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Sphinx I, 2016. Oil on canvas, 500 x 700mm

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Pan, 2016. Oil on canvas, 500 x 550mm

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Pentecostal, 2016. Oil on canvas, 600 x 750mm

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Hope, 2016. Oil on canvas, 600 x 800mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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