Vale Peter Maloney: an artist engaged with our times

Moving between painting, photography and collage, Peter Maloney captured the HIV pandemic and held a mirror up to contemporary life.

Despite peripatetic beginnings, Peter Maloney (b. 1953) spent most of his life in Canberra, first at high school, later returning as an art student and then growing deeper roots as a mature artist. Travel, however, played a big part in directing his work, as well as his engagement with the creative gay worlds of Sydney and Melbourne.

A protracted and unrelated illness, to his identity as a proud gay man, eventually caught up with Maloney.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina