Peter Gouldthorpe

At the age of nineteen I arrived in Tasmania determined to make my way as a practicing artist. After starting out as a landscape painter I have detoured into stage design and set painting, graphics, book illustration, trompe l’oeil (trick the eye) murals and even two sets of stamps for Australia Post. There are so many books with my illustrations on them or in them that I will just list the seventeen titles known as Trade Books (see below).
When my children were growing up I stopped oil painting and it’s only in the last decade or so that I have returned to it. I tried initially just to devote my attention to painting but my other careers wouldn’t just quietly disappear so now I try to juggle them all.
If you wish to buy any of my work or would like to propose a commission, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Book Titles:
The White Mouse – The Story of Nancy Wake, Peter Gouldthorpe, Omnibus, 2015. Shortlisted C.B.C.A. 2016

Ice, Wind, Rock: Mawson in the Antarctic, Peter Gouldthorpe, Lothian, 2013. C.B.C.A. Honour Book Information Category 2014.

Lyrebird, Jackie Kerrin, Museum of Victoria, 2012. C.B.C.A. Honour Book Information Category 2013.

No Return: Scott’s Race to the Pole, Peter Gouldthorpe, Lothian, 2011.

The Dog on the Tuckerbox, Corinne Fenton, Black Dog Books, 2008.

Queenie: One Elephants Story, Corinne Fenton, Black Dog Books, 2006. C.B.C.A. Honour Book Information Category 2007.

Pannikin and Pinta, Colin Theile, Lothian, 2000. C.B.C.A. Shortlisted Young Readers 2001.

Norton’s Hut, John Marsden, Lothian, 1998.

The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie, co-created with Gary Crew, Lothian, 1995.

The Wonder Thing, Libby Hathorn, Viking, 1993. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996.

First Light, Gary Crew, Lothian, 1993. C.B.C.A. Winner Picture Book of the Year 1994. Gareth Stevens Publishing U.S.A., 1996.

Grandad’s Gifts, Paul Jennings, Viking, 1992. C.B.C.A. Shortlisted 1993.

Hist! C. J. Dennis, Walter McVitty, 1991. C.B.C.A. Honour Book 1992. Republished as a Walker Books Classic, 2012.

Sheepdogs, Jack Bedson, Walter McVitty, 1990. Japan UNI Agency, 1990.

Walking to School, Ethel Turner, Collins/Ingram, 1988. Orchard Books U.S.A. 1989.

Don’t Get Burnt! Jack Bedson, Methuen,1985.

Jonah and the Manly Ferry, Peter Gouldthorpe, Methuen, 1983.


Landscape Painting Illustration Trompe L'oeil