William Peters

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About William Peters

William Peters was born in Gisborne in 1965. One of his earliest memories is spending time in his mother's pottery studio and being taught to knead clay. Although the art world exerted a strong attraction, from 1989-99 William trained in cardiac surgery in Auckland, Sydney, Stanford and Melbourne. In his own time, William studied life drawing while based in Sydney, San Francisco and Melbourne. Whilst studying at Stanford University he was a regular visitor to the Rodin Sculpture Garden, an experience he describes as simply spell-binding and one that further nudged him to follow the creative path.

Based in Melbourne from 1996-9 William studied sculpture under the tutelage of Barbara McLean at Gasworks, then at Duldig studio, East Melbourne. He took part in the Victorian Sculpture Society's first group exhibition of 1999 stating that; With clay I discovered I could achieve what I couldn't with drawing. On his return to Auckland William enrolled with Zarahn Southon, continuing his drawing and oil painting studies. In recent years William has created both small and large sculptures in clay and wax which were cast in bronze at Artworks, New Lynn. Inspired and influenced by the works of the Italian sculptor Alberto Giocometti (1901- 1966) today the sculptures of William Peters are held in private collections around the world.