About William Peters
William Peters was born in Gisborne in 1965. One of his earliest memories is of time spent in his mother's pottery studio learning to knead clay. Although the art world held a strong attraction, William completed a medical degree at Otago University in 1989 and a Doctorate in Medicine at Monash University in 2002. Dr Peters invented and developed devices and methods to allow key-hole cardiac surgery, technology which today is used in hospitals worldwide.
Free time was spent studying life drawing and during his time at Stanford University frequent visits to the Rodin Sculpture Garden are remembered as both spell-binding and gentle nudges to follow the creative path. Based in Melbourne in the lated 1990s William studied sculpture under the tutelage of Barbara McLean at Gasworks, then at Duldig Studio, East Melbourne. Taking part in the Victorian Sculpture Society's first group exhibition of 1999 William found that; with clay I discovered I could achieve what I couldn't with drawing. On his return to Auckland he enrolled with Zarahn Southon, continuing drawing and oil painting studies
In recent years, William's focus has returned to sculpture, working in bronze, influenced and inspired by the Italian sculptor Alberto Giocometti (1901- 1966). William's Carpe Diem Series so full of vitality and the joy of life features figures of textured bronze, beautifully cast in the traditional lost wax method. These contemporary works, attune to nature and the world of dance are equally at home indoors or out.