“My intention with this series of paintings is to invite the viewer to concentrate on the sea much more than they might. Observing the movement, shapes and colours of the seascape, influenced by the natural elements of sun, wind and rain. These pictures came about because I would fish at Frazer Reef just north of Iluka, often losing my bait (mostly to seagulls) in a short space of time. Then I would sit on the same rock each day and draw the sea, always facing towards Northeast.”

It was easy to make variations of this scene, as the sea was never the same from one day to another”. After living in Norway, Peter travelled across Russia to Japan where he painted with Martin Bradley a British artist who inspired him to return to Australia and pursue a career in fine art. He attended the Queensland Flying Art School in Brisbane, being instructed in life drawing by Pam Dolinksa, and participated in other life drawing classes. At this time Peter became friends with Sam Fullbrook (Archibald Winner and Win Prize for landscape) who influenced him greatly. Peter has made a number of study tours to Canada, Norway, Sweden, France, Ireland and the USA, resulting in sales of his paintings in those countries. From the beginning of his art career Peter has exhibited in group shows along the east coast of Australia, and also several one man exhibitions and commissions.

His latest works – Frazer Reef Seascapes opens on March 25 until April 16 at the Old Kirk – Yamba Museum

Museum and exhibition entry $5 – children free

To quote Matisse: “To render beauty accessible to all”
Peter McGrath. Phone: 0417 523 440

peter mcgrath frazer reef 2017



Raising the Roof Art Auction

Saturday 22nd April 2017 – The Old Kirk - 4pm Viewing – 6pm Live Auction

 Save the date for this significant event for Yamba Museum!

As part of the Clarence Valley Council’s Plunge festival, the Port of Yamba Historical Society is holding a fund-raising art auction at The Old Kirk, Yamba Museum, next to the Yamba Golf Club. Over 30 artists connected with the Clarence Valley have donated works.

The Live Auction starting at 6pm will include original paintings, prints, photographs, drawings and woodwork. For the Silent Auction, held during the viewing time from 4pm, prints of archival photos and fish paintings from the PYHS collection will be offered.

A catalogue will be available here soon.

For enquiries, please contact Lesley Pickering:
Pictured: The First Postmistress, Mrs Emma Pegus

Pic First Postmistress

See a list of previous exhibitions.


Yamba Museum
River Street, Yamba
PO Box 100 Yamba NSW 2464
02 6646 1399

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Thursday: 10am - 4:30pm
Weekends: 2pm - 4:30pm
Or by special appointment
Mondays and Fridays: Closed

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