Poster Boy - Peter Drew
Poster Boy - Peter Drew
Poster Boy - Peter Drew
Poster Boy - Peter Drew
Black Inc Books

Poster Boy - Peter Drew

Peter Drew is an Adelaide-based artist who fuses a Masters Degree from the Glasgow School of Art with a degree in psychology. His work examines the collective consciousness. The images he produces ask us to question how we perceive the "other" in our society and our personal impact on our society through our actions.

Peter Drew’s posters are a familiar sight across Australia – his ‘Real Australians Say Welcome’ and ‘Aussie’ campaigns took on lives of their own, attaining cult status and starting conversations all over the country. But who made them, and why?  

In this irresistible and unexpected memoir, Peter Drew searches for the answers to these questions. He traces the links between his creative and personal lives, and discovers surprising parallels between Australia’s dark, unacknowledged past and the unspoken conflict at the core of his own family.

Packed full of Peter Drew’s memorable images, Poster Boy is an intelligent, funny and brutally honest dive into the stew of individual, family and national identity. It’s about politics and art, and why we need them both. And it’s about making a mark.

His artworks have been exhibited at major arts institutions around Australia, though his most prominent work is installed on city streets. He is best known for his 'Aussie' poster series featuring the folk hero Monga Khan.

“I like to exhibit my art on the street because public space is a great equaliser, and an ancient forum. When you address the public through the street you’re entering into a tradition that emphasises our fundamental freedom of expression, over the value of property... I enjoy examining our collective identities and my aim is always to emphasize the connections that bind us, rather than the fractures that divide us.”