Biography: Like many artists, Herman Pekel experimented for a time with abstract expressionism, but he is now
well known for his oils and watercolors. Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He is able to see a painting
in almost any subject matter and is capable of producing award winning work in oil, watercolor, or gouache.
Environmental issues are a great concern to Herman and the love of the landscape reflects that in almost everything
he paints. He produces painting of strong design and powerful impact. - every brushstroke vibrant and visible. The
scope of Herman's works has ranged from dynamic industrial scenery to soft, draped interiors and broad Australian
landscapes, which indicates the creative fearless nature of this unique artist.
Herman was the winner of the Camberwell Scholarship Rotary Watercolor prize in 1993 and was previously three
times a finalist in Camberwell's Travel Scholarship Award, winner of the 1989 Camberwell Watercolor Prize and
also the Travel Study Scholarship in 1989. He has also won many other awards, including the Camberwell Rotary
Art Show's Best Oil in 2004, the Camberwell Rotary Watercolor prize in 1989, 1992, 1995, and 2006, the
Camberwell Rotary Travel Scholarship in 1989, and in 1989 and 1993 he won the Alice Bale Award. In 1994 the
National Taiwan Art Institute asked Herman to participate in a book and traveling exhibition with selected artists
from Australia, USA and Taiwan. Herman exhibits his work regularly in the USA. His works are featured in the
books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists which features Australian Artists and was compiled by Tom
Roberts; 120 years of Watercolourist by the Australian Realist Artists; Artists and Galleries of Australia and New
Zealand by Max Germaine and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.