Peter Stichbury attended the Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating in 1997 and winning the Wallace Art Awards for his painting in the same year. Stitchbury’s instantly-recognisable images of large-eyed, doll-like figures have become part of the landscape of New Zealand art, and his work’s engagement with questions of identity, celebrity and the representation of self gives it an ongoing resonance in contemporary culture. Stichbury’s works are often composites of multiple faces, drawn from magazines and the internet, raising questions about both the authenticity of representations of beauty and, ultimately, the authenticity of the idea of human-ness itself. In line with his concern with appearance and the relative values of beauty and ugliness, Stichbury has produced work that deals with the social dynamics of high school students and stereotypical teenage cliques, reconfiguring these archetypal figures as uncanny, mannequin-esque totems. Stichbury has also expressed an interest in UFOs and the supernatural, and has produced paintings of UFO witnesses, their haunted expressions adding an extra layer of ambiguity and vulnerability to their depiction. In 2008 Te Tuhi Center for the Arts held a major survey of Stichbury’s work, The Alumni, with an accompanying catalogue.