Vale Peter Powditch

Despite his successes - and incredible legacy - painting was always a struggle for Peter Powditch.

From a household name in the 1970s, to an introvert living in the Byron hinterland for the past two decades, Peter Powditch is an artist and educator who came to success at the moment when Australia was defining its identity. He died on Saturday evening, 13 February, aged 79.

His death did not come as a surprise. An asthmatic who loved smoking, Powditch had suffered chronic emphysema for most of his adult life.

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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