Peter (Spike) Wademan (1946 – )
Born in Nottingham, England, Peter Wademan immigrated to Australia, and relocated to Queenstown, New Zealand in 2000, Spike Wademan is an accomplished marine artist. With a diploma in technical illustration from the South Essex College of Technology and Art, Mr. Wademan began working for advertising agencies in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Europe. He taught drawing as a guest tutor at Randwick TAFE and The University of Western Sydney and in 2000 produced the illustrations for a series of books called, “The Investigator Series – Planes, Space, Cars, Dinosaurs, & Ships”. His oil paintings, Angels Patrol 25” first published in an aviation history magazine started the continued Aviation Art series of paintings from which two limited edition prints were produced in Sydney.
Since 2001, Peter Wademan has earned awards at the Queenstown Art Society’s Annual Art Awards, and the Lakes District Museum. From 2003 – 2009, Mr. Wademan was the top winner of the Wanaka Art Award, illustrated several books and painted for the Omaka Aviation Heritage centre, including two painting acquired by Peter Jackson, Director of the “Lord of the Rings” movies. He won the Queenstown Art Society Location Awards for Best of Golf in 2007 and Best of Water in 2008.
In 2008, Mr. Wademan was accepted as a Professional member of the ISMP. In 2009, his painting was selected for the International Marine Art Exhibition at Mystic Seaport Museum, MA.
Mr. Wademan continues to judge at local Art Awards exhibitions, teaching weekly art classes and weekend workshops at the Queenstown Art Society. In 2010 he won the Best of Show at the Location Arts Awards, Queenstown and his painting was selected for the NZ Art Show, Wellington. In 2011 he was commissioned to paint “The Battle of Trafalgar”, an epic battle scene and also invited to exhibit at Mountfort Gallery, Queenstown, New Zealand.