Artists - NZ Peter Siddell
1935 – 2011, Auckland
One of New Zealand’s most prominent realist painters, Peter Siddell is perhaps best-known for his unpopulated cityscapes which appear familiar, yet are not identifiable. He draws together different elements from a variety of sources to create timeless images of neighbourhoods that look uninhabited despite there being evidence of earlier human presence. These cities are clean, tidy, carless and unpeopled. The houses’ interiors, seen through clean windows, are empty.