Peter Maloney

Maloney has been working with linear abstractions for the last 3 decades.

These seemingly spontaneous and expressive works eventually gave way to more structured compositions using templates constructed with the help of photocopiers. For some years the paintings' palettes were restricted to black & white until Peter began working with highly - keyed colour and texts on paper. The texts in these works carried the conversations present in the former more gestural works. This dialogue related to issues present in his own experience of the world; sometimes personal & private and other times social & political.

Peter Maloney has been exhibiting since the early 1980s and his work is included in significant public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery and Newcastle Art Gallery. The Drill Hall at the ANU in Canberra mounted a survey of his work from the past 30 years in 2018. His work is to be included in the Adelaide Biennial at the AGSA in 2024.

Peter Maloney died in 2023.

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Blake Art Prize11 May - 7 July

The 68th Blake Prize is now at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Sydney.  Peter Maloney is a finalist

Inner SanctumUntil June 2 2024

Peter Maloney is featured in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Curated by Jose Da Silva, Inner Sanctum includes art work across many media that explores our understanding of our relationships with each other and the world. 

Peter Maloney at CCAS, Canberra.April 15 - June 3 2023

Mark Bayly has curated this survey exhibition of the work of his partner Peter Maloney.

 Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Lakeside, Canberra ACT

Peter Maloney - Fugitive TextMarch 4th, 2023

Utopia Art Sydney will be opening Peter Maloney exhibition on the 4th of March, with the Sydney book launch of Fugitive Text to be launched by Mark Bayly at 4pm

AGSA acquires Peter Maloney paintingOctober 2022

The Art Gallery of South Australia has acquired a major new Peter Maloney painting.

Paul Guest PrizeAugust 5 to October 30, 2022

Peter Maloney is a finalist in this year's Paul Guest Prize at Bendigo Gallery in Victoria

Peter Maloney Fugitive Text Book LaunchJuly 6 2022

This beautifully designed book of Peter Maloney's work incorporating photography painting and collage, with insightful texts by Lynne Tillman and Shaune Lakin.  Available through M.33 Melbourne.

Book Lauch at Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, Saturday October 15, 3pm. 

Peter Maloney wins prizeFebruary 27 - March 26, 2021

Peter Maloney is the winner of this year's Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, a prestigious acquisitive prize at the Adelaide Perry Gallery, PLC, Croydon, Sydney, NSW

Canberra Critics Circle 2018 Awards November 13, 2018

Liz Coats' exhibition Active Seeing and Peter Maloney's exhibition Missing in Action, both at the Drill Hall Gallery at the Australian National University won Canberra Critics Circle Visual Arts Awards 2018.


Paintings amongst other thingsUntil September 1, 2018

Peter Maloney is featured in the ANU School of Art Gallery in Canberra, highlighting the many students and staff who have been associated with the ANU over the past 50 years. 

Peter Maloney: Missing in Action13 April - 3 June, 2018

Since the early 1980's Peter Maloney has produced a vast body of works on paper.

In this survey exhibition "Missing in Action" Maloney presents a vibrant and lyrical body of work. Curated by Tony Oates and Terence Maloon.

Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University. (catalogue available)

The National 201730 March - June 18, 2017

The National: New Australian Art presents the latest ideas and forms in contemporary
Australian art, curated across three of Sydney's premier cultural institutions:
the AGNSW, MCA and Carriageworks. 

Peter Maloney has been included with new paintings and a series of related works on paper. Maloney explores a new interconnected, almost
organic cellular structure composed of connecting lines that form rings, symbols of growth or the pulsing of energy.


Actions Stations reviewedSeptember 2014

A great review by Peter Haynes of 'Action Stations: Peter Maloney and Louise Paramor' at CANBERRA CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE until September 28.

Peter Maloney: Canberra & SydneyAugust 2014

A vibrant painting by Peter Maloney features in "Loose Canon", an exhibition curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham at the new Artbank HQ on Young St in Waterloo. On display until November 15 2014.

Also, Peter Maloney's exhibition "Action Stations", with Louise Paramor, opened last night at Canberra Contemporary Art Space. (installation shot pictured left)

Exhibition runs until 27 September 2014.

Action Stations: Peter Maloney at CCASAugust 2014

“Action Stations”, an exhibition of recent work by Peter Maloney and
Louise Paramor, will be at Canberra Contemporary Art Space from 22
August - 27 September 2014.

Opening 6pm Friday 22 August.

Peter Maloney - Newcastle Art GalleryJanuary 2014

‘Peter Maloney: A Focus’ will present an overview of Maloney’s practice from 1979 - 2012. At Newcastle Art Gallery from 15 February - 11 May 2014.

New work from Peter Maloney:July 2013

Peter Maloney acquisitionJune 2013

We are pleased to annouced that the painting Equinox (pictured), from Peter Maloney’s exhibition ‘Radar & Other Fabulous Colours’ has been acquired by a public institution.

Next up: Peter MaloneyMay 2013

‘Radar & Other Fabulous Colours’, an exhibition of Peter Maloney’s latest work, will open on Saturday 11 May. Save the date!

Peter Maloney at Sydney UniMay 2013

See work by Peter Maloney in ‘Test Pattern’, an exhibition curated by Geoff Newton, which will open at the Sydney University Art Gallery on Saturday 4 May. There will be a conversation with the curator and exhibition artists from 1-2pm. Peter Maloney at Sydney Uni.
See work by Peter Maloney in ‘Test Pattern’, an exhibition curated by Geoff Newton, which will open at the Sydney University Art Gallery on Saturday 4 May. There will be a conversation with the curator and exhibition artists from 1-2pm.

Marea Gazzard - Art Gallery of South AustraliaMarch 2013

Marea Gazzard’s ceramic sculpture Torso 1 of 1967 is included in ‘The mind’s eye’, an exhibition of works from the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection.

Peter Maloney: Test PatternMay 2012

See paintings by Peter Maloney in a group show looking at found abstraction in Australian contemporary art. ‘Test Pattern’ is at Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 40 Dodds Street Southbank, Melbourne until 9 June.