Torso – Self portrait

Peter Peryer1976

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Auckland, New Zealand

Peter Peryer’s meticulously planned self-portraits are striking. Torso – Self Portrait illustrates how carefully he executes his self-representations. This psychologically charged image expresses the artist’s masculinity in its prime and his obvious self-confidence. He stands totally at ease, completely comfortable in his own appearance. The ‘Oxford bag’ trousers that he wears are stylishly old-fashioned.

By not including his face or shoulders, Peryer draws attention to the way portraiture always relies on the depiction of a subject’s face. His decision to hide his hands from view brings further attention to his torso. The precisely controlled shift in and out of focus adds a moody quality to the photograph. There is an impression of self-regard, showing the viewer a sensual and playful way of looking at oneself.

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  • Title: Torso – Self portrait
  • Creator: Peter Peryer
  • Creator Lifespan: 1941
  • Creator Nationality: New Zealand
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Date Created: 1976
  • Physical Dimensions: w178 x h178 mm (Without frame)
  • Artist biography: Peter Peryer was born in Auckland in 1941. He trained as a teacher and took up photography in his 30s. He lives in New Plymouth.
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1978
  • External Link: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • Medium: black and white photograph

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