About me

Hi. my name is Peter Inglis. I'm an Australian musician who performs 400 years of music, artist who paints and teaches the masterworks, author of 28 books and an enthusiastic historian of flight simulation.

Just a typical Aussie bloke really. Australia really is a vibrant and energetic outpost of Western Culture!

Teaching masterworks of art in the Kimberleys, Western Australia. Performing a solo guitar concert. In the F-111 Aardvaark.
Teaching masterworks of art in the Kimberleys, Western Australia | Performing a solo guitar concert | In an F-111 Aardvaark at RAAF base Amberley.

Art

I run my own cultural academy on Sydney's North Shore where I teach"Repertoire Painting".

Every lesson the students add another piece to their repertoire from my graded selection of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and landscapes. This is very exciting for me to witness, as repertoire acquisition in music takes about 100 x longer!

It's very rewarding to see people who don't believe they can paint, or who were told they had no "talent" for art as they get to terms with the giants of western art and producing a good result in one lesson.

Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' painted by three beginner students in their first lesson. Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' painted by three beginner students in their first lesson.
Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' and a Monet, all painted by beginner students in their first lesson.

Art is a visual language. It's certainly no more complex than spoken and written language, but maybe capable of expressing different things? Every culture expects their children to be speaking, writing and telling stories in their native tongue, so let's get literate in the language of art!

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Detail from one of my Ord River paintings. To capture this particular scene I had to paddle my canoe 25km down a crocodile infested river! All in a day's work for an Aussie artist.

Another thing we learn from Monet is how to paint fast! On our outdoor painting trips we take a lot of pictures, do some sketches, paint a few 'sketch paintings' like this one, and then on another day, decide which paintings to spend more time on and polish up in the studio.

A lot of these sketch paintings are good enough to keep! They are kept fresh and spontaneous by the speed at which we work. Process is paramount!

In some of the paintings I use a paint I made from the actual ochre rock. Making the paint is a painstaking process, I can assure you!

Making paint from actual ochre rock.
Grinding the Kimberley ochre in my studio.

Pentecost River, the Kimberleys, painted in the style of Van Gogh by Peter Inglis.
Pentecost River, the Kimberleys, painted in the style of Van Gogh.

Pentecost River, the Kimberleys, painted in the style of Monet by Peter Inglis.
The same location painted using techniques as would have been used by Monet.

Music

I have been performing and writing music professionally for more than 40 years in venues ranging from the Kimberleys to the Sydney Opera House.

This broad repertoire of music I call "Baroque to Rock", which covers basically Bach to the Beatles. In recent years I have turned my attention to our rich heritage of visual art and in the same spirit have developed a painting repertoire ranging from Vermeer to Van Gogh.


Peter Inglis and his ensemble perform his own arrangement of "Autumn" from the Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", 1st movement.