Peter Nicholls was born in Wanganui, educated at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts, Auckland Teachers' College and Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland. His sculpture from the 1970s and 1980s is noted for its amalgam of figural, landscape and architectural abstraction, and energized dynamics in large timber works.
It was tectonic and universal rather than site specific. From 1990 it became laterally configured, river hugging and site/place specific, often interrogating historic impositions of order on primal land. Nicholls has numerous large-scale works in private and public collections internationally.
Text is an abstract from Connells Bay Sculpture Park Book written by Robin Woodward,
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