Peter Kovacsy has lived and worked in Pemberton in the South West of Western Australia for more than forty years creating sculptural and functional artefacts from wood, glass, metal and ceramics. He chose to settle in Pemberton because land was affordable, it was a good place to build a home and start a business, and the relative isolation suits the nature of his practice. Inevitably, this setting has influenced his aesthetic and, as others have done, Kovacsy draws inspiration from the forest landscape and movement of light across natural phenomena.

Kovacsy started practicing as a designer-maker in 1989, specialising in bespoke wooden objects and fine wood furniture featuring native timbers. Notable works created during this era include a series of hollow lathe-turned bowls, such as Cosmic Tribal Hunters (1997) in the Art Gallery of WA collection. He began experimenting with cast glass in the mid–to–late 1990s after visiting Design Visions: the Australian International Craft Triennial at AGWA in 1992 where he saw contemporary glass art unlike anything he had seen before. This experience inspired him to switch his focus from wood to the design and production of large-scale kiln-cast glass sculptures. Selection for AGWA’s prestigious Tom Malone Prize in 2018 and 2021 illustrates recognition of his skills in this medium within the national glass art community.

Peter Kovacsy has always been fascinated by the challenge of working with wood or glass, or combinations of both, and strives constantly for excellence, whether working towards an exhibition, on a commission or public art project. His workshop is equipped with the only privately-owned kiln in WA capable of producing complex large scale cast glass sculpture. Investing in precision technology has enabled him to offer glass casting design and production services on commission, and provide access to foundry facilities for other artists.

His portfolio of wood and glass sculptural objects is extensive. His work is sought after and represented in public, private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. He has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas. Showcasing his practice and personal collection to visitors to his studio gallery in Pemberton underpins his belief that people are interested in seeing process as well as finished artworks in the setting that inspired them.

PETER KOVACSY – CURRICULUM VITAE 2021

1953 Born Perth, Western Australia

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Sentinels, Peter Kovacsy Studio, Pemberton, WA (Indian Ocean Craft Triennial: IOTA 21 Satellite Event)

2008–09 Mill Town Black & White Photography, The Painted Tree Gallery, Northcliffe, WA
2006 Peter Kovacsy: A Studio Practice – book launch & retrospective exhibition, Riverton Library, WA

2005 Red Big Sky – Contemporary Cast Glass Sculpture, Hamelin Wines, Margaret River, WA
1993 Wood You Like Me to Seduce You, Perth Galleries, WA
1991 Working with Wood, Lord Forrest Hotel, Bunbury, WA

WA Group Exhibitions (Australia)

2022 Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA

2021 Indian Ocean Craft Triennial: IOTA 21, Lost Eden Creative, Dwellingup, WA

2021 Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
2021 Glass Half Full, Stala Contemporary, West Perth, WA
2020 In Our Nature, Lost Eden Creative, Dwellingup, WA

2020 South Western Times Art 2020, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA

2019 The Alternative Archive: Neceter, Manjimup Art Gallery, WA
2018 Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA

2016 GLASS+, Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda, WA

2009 Pemberton Arts Group Easter Photography Exhibition, WA
2008 Pemberton Arts Group Easter Photography Exhibition, WA
2006 Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA
2005 South Western Times Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, WA
2004 Guide Dogs WA 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Maritime Museum, Fremantle, WA
2003 Isolation: Commitment, Ausglass Conference Exhibition, Maritime Museum, Fremantle, WA

2002 Flair, Ausglass Members’ Exhibition, City of Perth, WA

2001 Commitment, Craftwest (formerly Craft Council of WA), Perth, WA
1999 Presiding Officers’ Acquisitive Craft Prize, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
1997 Salek Mink Art Exhibition, Perth, WA
1995 South West Survey, Bunbury Art Galleries, WA
1994 Wesfarmers Biennial Regional Craft Award, in association with Crafts Council of WA, Craftwest Gallery, WA
1994 City of Perth Craft Award, Crafts Council of WA, Craftwest Gallery.
1994 Westpac Private Bank Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC
1993 For Tomorrow, Mitchell & Dixon Galleries, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

1993 City of Perth Craft Award, Crafts Council of WA, Craftwest Gallery.
1993 Northern Territory Craft Acquisition Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory,Darwin, NT
1993 Alice Springs Craft Acquisition Award, Araluen Art Centre, NT
1993 Australian Contemporary Furniture, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
1993 Signatures, Bunbury Art Galleries & Geraldton Art Gallery, WA
1992 Out of the Woods, Fine Wood Work Association, R&I Tower, Perth, WA
1992 City of Perth Craft Award, Crafts Council of WA, Craftwest Gallery.
1992 Signatures, Bunbury Art Galleries, WA
1992 Hospice Foundation Art & Craft Exhibition, South Perth Civic Centre, WA
1992 Dame Mary Durack Outback Craft Award, Western Australian Museum, Perth, WA
1992 Denmark Woodturners’ Association Annual Award Exhibition, Denmark, WA
1992 On Track, Blackwood Artisans’ Guild, Bridgetown, WA
1991 Out of the Woods, Fine Wood Work Association, R&I Tower, Perth, WA
1991 West Australian Working with Wood, Fine Wood Work Association, South Perth Civic Centre, WA

1991 From the Heartland, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
1991 3rd National Woodworking Competition, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, VIC
1991 Craft and New Art Forms Expo, Crafts Council of Australia, Sydney, NSW
1991 City of Perth Craft Award, Crafts Council of WA, Perth
1991 From Forest to Foyer, Fine Wood Industry Project, Capita Building, Perth, WA