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Peter Travis
, 1971 (printed 2009)

by Douglas Thompson

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 48.2 cm x 32.7 cm, image: 42.7 cm x 30.6 cm)

Peter Travis AM (b. 1929), ceramic artist, designer and teacher, was born in the beachside Sydney suburb of Manly. While working as a designer for Speedo swimwear in 1960, Travis created the iconic male brief Speedo swimming costume. From that year he studied sculpture at East Sydney Technical College under Lyndon Dadswell, and from 1962 he studied ceramics under Peter Rushforth. In the late 1960s he studied ceramics in the USA and ceramic history in the UK. In addition to his pottery, Travis is a leading kite-maker. In 2008 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his work as a designer, sculptor, ceramicist, kite-maker and teacher.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2009
Accession number: 2009.145