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The art of life

Some of The AIMN’s readers are amazing people, each with an amazing story.

Take Peter Conroy, for example.

Peter is an emerging artist, having just graduated in 2015 from SCA with a Masters in Fine Art. He is a satirical cartoonist working in oils and inks and is trying to cut his teeth as an artist/illustrator.

Peter is currently working on a project that looks at the cost ‘exponential economic growth’ is having on our society, and highlights instances of unethical practices that the companies we use daily have resorted to, all for that extra buck. Whereas most political cartoons are either right or left wing, pro this or anti that, Peter’s cartoons try to focus on social injustices we can hopefully all unite in support of, or alternatively, unite in opposition of (such as clothing companies using sweat shop labour or giant corporations avoiding their tax obligations etc).

“What’s so amazing about that?” you might ask.

Peter broke his neck three years ago surfing in Bondi and became paralysed from the chest down.

With some help from a charity called Accessible Arts he enrolled in uni to sharpen his artistic skills and has been rewarded with an exhibition of his work at the Bondi Pavilions art gallery on the 15th-26th June.

This will be the first exhibition of his art and his first attempt to venture into the role of an illustrator, continuing his work mainly dealing with social and political issues.

Here is a link to Peter’s website and also to the upcoming exhibition’s Facebook page.
Website – www.peteconroyartwork.com
Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/846124785521029/

We would like to wish him all the best.

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  1. wam

    wowo great stuff looks 3d. Good luck with the exhibition.

  2. Miriam English

    He certainly has talent.
    My best wishes to him.
    Good to see a silly little thing like paralysis doesn’t keep a good man down. It’s what’s between our ears that counts.

  3. Garth

    All the best in your endeavours, Peter. I just looked at your website and your work is fantastic (in this artistic luddites opinion but what’s the old saying [paraphrased] ‘I can’t describe what good art is but I know it when I see it’!). I especially like your more abstract work and I love the detail you put into your pieces.
    For someone like me, in my mid 40’s and still trying to find what his passion is, I envy that you have found yours and you have such a talent to boot! (i’m assuming your art is your passion).
    Please keep creating because your work shows both a talented eye and a keen and witty mind.
    That may all sound a bit like I’m trying to flatter you but I’m stating it straight as I see it – in my opinion, you have a real talent.

  4. Michael Taylor

    Well done, Pete. You are an inspiration.

  5. etnorb

    What great art work from this man! Peter Conroy, I salute you for just “getting on with life” after such a debilitating accident. Some really “hard hitting” paintings in your work. Well done!

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