An Australian artist famed for his Central Coast sculptures and artworks, Peter Rush is a 2021 finalist in the Gosford Art Prize and has been part of many significant exhibitions and commercial installation projects.
Pete Rush has been a painter his entire life. After holding his first solo exhibition at the age of fifteen in New Zealand, he moved to Sydney to become part of the well respected Barry Stern Gallery stable in Paddington. Around that time he was also a finalist in the prestigious Blake Prize.
He moved into advertising as a copywriter, making award-winning work over a 20-year career for blue chip accounts such as Qantas, Optus, Telstra, Coca Cola. In his spare time he managed to write and make children’s books and short films – two of which became finalists in the Cannes Film Festival. Moving to the Central Coast 2 years ago, Pete took to making sculptures on the beach as a response to Covid. The public response was overwhelming and sparked international art collector interest.
Recently Pete was interviewed for the Guardian UK and locally featured on ABC Artworks (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens. Pete has been commissioned several times by the Central Coast Council to create custom large-scale sculptures on the beach and in the hinterland. When not working on these large creations, Pete prefers to return his focus on painting. His most recent body of work is figurative and features surf bathers at Terrigal Beach.