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Peter Davidson, A line, 1987/2016
Giclee print on Canson Etching Edition Rag 310gsm, unframed
29.7 X 21 cm, edition of 20 & 1AP


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Davidson is a highly collectable Melbourne-based artist and internationally renowned architect, best known for designing Melbourne’s Federation Square as founder and co-director of LAB architecture studio. His distinguished career has seen him exhibit at institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), and design major building projects around the world.

Untitled 296 and A line explore the intersection in Peter's practice of architecture, contemporary art and poetry. Meticulous and intricate, Davidson's drawings trace a multitude of patterns, forms and ideas through the strict confines of black ink on paper. Untitled 296 reproduces a Davidson line drawing from 2014, and A line was recently discovered in one of Davidson's personal sketchbooks from 1987.  

Works are created using drawing and digital processes, and produced as giclee prints on Etching Edition Rag, a 100% cotton and archival paper with matte finish.


Peter Davidson graduated in 1980 from the NSW Institute of Technology in Sydney (now UTS), after which he moved to London, ran his own practice, and taught at institutions such as AA, London; Bartlett School of Architecture, London; UTS in Sydney; Cooper Union, New York and MIT, Boston. In 1994 Davidson co-founded LAB architecture studio and won the competition to design Federation Square in 1997.

After suffering a stroke in 2010, Davidson stopped practicing as an architect and devoted himself full time to his artistic practice. Davidson’s drawings in the five years after are meticulous and intricate, tracing a multitude of patterns and forms through the strict constraint of black lines on paper, his drawings taking his relentless desire to explore the line in architecture to a different dimension of artistic expression. After five years of drawing black lines, Davidson turned to colour watercolour painting in 2016.

Recent exhibitions of his work have been held at the National Gallery of Victoria and at Daine Singer in Melbourne.