Peter Stichbury:
Anatomy of a Phenomenon

New Zealand artist Peter Stichbury is fascinated by society’s ongoing obsession with UFO phenomena. He paints historical UFO sightings, as well as portraits of the people who purportedly saw them. With penetrating, but perplexing gazes, Stichbury’s subjects are caught in an alternate reality—forever changed by their sighting experience, but also influenced by the myths, disinformation, and conspiracy theories society imparts on such experiences.

Mona Stafford, 1976, 2014. Oil on linen 23.6 x 19.7 inches. Photo: Jason Mandella

O'Hare Incident, 2006, 2014 Oil on linen 23.6 x 19.7 inches Photo: Jason Mandella

Barbara Robbins, Westall High, 2014 Oil on linen 23.6 x 19.7 inches Photo: Jason Mandella