Peter Force

My grandfather instilled in me the importance of fairness and social justice. Hallelujah, I’m a bum! is a way for me to honour his memory and to call attention to a forgotten part of New Zealand history that seems as relevant today as it was back in 1932. 

I love the way the acrylic colour mutes these charcoal artworks and transforms them into something similar to sepia photographs or perhaps memories of days gone by. 

Five Minutes, Five Questions:

Favourite colour? 
Straight out of the tube and applied like a post impressionist.

How would you describe your style of art? 
Bold and figurative.

What are the themes? 
Stories that capture people’s imaginations. 

What are your artistic influences?
Frank Aurbach’s stunning charcoal drawings and Gauguin’s use of colour. 

Where are you based? 
The bush in Titrangi, Auckland (I also paint birds).