Peter Timms was born and educated in Melbourne and currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania.
Between 1971 and 1988 he held curatorial positions in a number of public art galleries and museums, including Shepparton Art Gallery, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1984 for study in Europe, and an Australia Council Senior Writers’ Fellowship in 1994.
Since 1988 he has worked as a freelance journalist and author, contributing to publications both within Australia and overseas. He was editor of Art Monthly Australia for five years and has served as art critic for The Age and Tasmanian art critic for The Australian.
Peter writes on a wide range of subjects, including Australian art, garden history, the natural environment and Australian social history.
He has published a dozen books, including Making Nature, What’s Wrong with Contemporary Art?, Australia’s Quarter Acre, Private Lives: Australians at Home since Federation and Hobart.
His first novel, Asking for Trouble, was published by HarperCollins in February, 2014, and he is currently working on a second.