Officially opened September 21st 1991, by none other than the master sculptor, William Ricketts (who was aged around 93 at the time), the Peter Delahenty Art Studio is the product of a fine artist displaying great Australian art and passing his skills to willing artists.
Peter is a Melbourne born artist and started his art career in 1987. As a child he showed great interest in science and was thus educated in maths and science. However, he realised from an early age where his true calling lay. The early days of Peter's art career involved him doing street-art work, and selling his pieces on the Saint Kilda Esplanade.
Peter has lived in the hills for around 40 years, and suggests that he may be called a local soon. His art was centered around sculpting for many years, and he concentrated on pieces reflecting wildlife. He has been awarded by the Australian Wildlife Art Society for his work. Having concentrated on painting for roughly the last 4 years, he does anything from abstract art to realism, using a range of techniques including oil, acrylic, water colors, pencil, pen, even 'iPad stylus work'-being a digital artist too.
The friendly Peter Delahenty, at his Olinda art studio.
Being quite candid in his manner, Peter expresses that his gallery has opened and closed at times to deal with life, as we all do. He considers himself a quiet achiever, and does not aim at displaying in mainstream galleries. His work and career have always stood solidly on the merits of his fine abilities, selling his work through his own gallery. He last reopened in 2013 with his paintings filling the studio, with plenty more in storage to fill the gaps as they sell. To learn more about Peter Delahenty, follow the link.
He runs art classes Saturdays in his bright studio, where he paints in full view of visitors. He teaches using all the mediums and techniques he employs, and the cost is great value at $20 for a 2 hour group class, or $35 an hour for individual tuition. Peter is renowned as a friendly and interesting character, and openly shares his art secrets with students; be they beginner, or advanced.
A few of his impressive pieces include a sculptured owl in ceramic and wood, and the desert scene including an opalised ichthysaurus. Sharing a fascination with the world of fossils from a young age, I want that one for my wall. Pricing for his art work ranges from $100 for small unframed works, to $700 for popular sizeable pieces. For a massive 2 x 1 metre piece you could be looking at $6000, and add around $300 for the framing a popular size canvas. Ask Peter about customising to a budget.
A ceramic and wooden sculpture at Peter Delahenty Art Studio.
Currently Peter is pursuing a project involving iconic and notable Australian buildings, and Flinders Street Station in on the trestle. You must visit his gallery to see how his work is progressing sometime. The Yarra Ranges are an impressive playground for Melburnians, here is a link to fill a day or weekend around with activities, and all your need to know about the hills.
Iconic buildings project at Peter Delahenty Art Studio.
Where:Mount Dandenong Tourist road is best accessed from Burwood Higway, Ferntree Gully, or Canterbury Road, Montrose.
Cost:The gallery has free entry; art lessons range for $20 for 2 hour group lessons on Saturdays, or $35 per hour for individual tuition. The art work ranges from about $100 to $6000 for mega-sized pieces. Ask about framing, which may add on average $300.