Australia's outback artist, Peter Browne of Silverton fame, was inspired by the time he spent with good mate Pro Hart for his painting of a HX ute for the collection. Emute features many of Peter’s signature emus along with an echidna, classic bush characters and the requisite dog set against vibrant outback hues with spontaneous splashes of colour across the bonnet.
Instantly identifiable as Peter's work, his emus capture the strange and wonderful nature of one of our country's most intriguing native birds.
Peter Browne was born in 1947 at West Wyalong, although he claims to have been found under a sheet of tin near Rankin Springs!
This artist's work is the culmination of a truly colourful life.
Peter's early years were spent on a sheep property at Geogilderie on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, dodging snakes, mustering sheep and catching fish.
After an uneventful six years in the Australian Air Force he went bush and spent three years in Longreach mostly roustabouting and pressing in the surrounding Shearing sheds.
He became a household word after appearing on the Willessee Show as Australia's "Vegemite Painter". His oil paintings of the early eighties were predominantly brown tones. Colour sneaked in after his move to Broken Hill. He purchased a ruin in the Ghost town of Silverton 30 kilometers northwest of Broken Hill and the rest is history.
His amazing mud and stone gallery has been a tourist attraction ever since and has even had vice regal visits from Governors General and Governors; a veritable who's who. Peters Gallery appeared on the front cover of "The Lonely Planet" guide and stayed there for 5 years!
He has been a lifelong friend of Pro Hart whose influences are visible in Peter’s work. He is also a friend and fellow exhibitor with Max Mannix.
Peter's paintings depict farm and rural life from the 1950s to the present day, as he has been painting for forty years. Probably the most unusual factor in his artwork is the fact that he includes almost all facets of daily life; nothing escapes his brush, motorcycles, hot air balloons, aircraft, bicycles, cars, trucks, machinery, steam engines etc etc...
He paints about plumbers, electricians, lawn mowing contractors, fencers, solicitors, doctors . . . just about everything and includes Australian animals such as echidnas, emus, and kangaroos feature in almost all his work.
Peter has won numerous awards for his work and exhibits in many fine galleries.
The Bulletin Magazine described him as probably the nation’s most all-Australian artist and you will often see articles about this Aussie icon in your Airline Magazine and guidebooks, mostly with photos of his painted Volkswagens.
Peter has closed his Windsor studio and "retired" to Warren in central NSW.
Phone contact 0424593351
Still painting, you are welcome to visit if you are in the area.
More information about Peter and his artwork can be found on www.peterbrowne.com.au
‘The billy's always on at Brownes.’