Peter D Cole was born in Gawler SA, moved to Adelaide and studied Sculpture at the South Australian School of Art where he was awarded the H.P. Gill Medal in 1968. Since the 1970’s Cole has been based in Kyneton, Victoria, where he has established himself as one of Australia’s senior and most renowned contemporary sculptors. Cole has largely lived and worked in rural areas of Australia, drawing on the landscape as a source of inspiration and recent research trips to Japan and India have added to his rich source material.
As public artist, Cole has made a significant contribution to the urban landscape and public spaces of Australia receiving the Australian National Trust Heritage Award and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Award of Merit for Foundation Park, a permanent work at The Rocks, Sydney. He is highly sought for commissions and his work is prominent in many public and corporate collections throughout Australia, including Parliament House, Canberra, the National Gallery of Australia, and Brisbane International Airport.
Jessica Bridgefoot, 2014