Dr Peter Sheridan AM is an internationally recognized historian, collector and speaker on Art Deco design. His photographic images and articles appear in specialist fine art journals, books, travel publications, museum catalogs and print media.
His collection of radios of the 1930s and 40s is considered one of the best in the world. He is also an accredited professional photographer and his highly acclaimed reference books ‘Radio Days – Australian Bakelite Radios’ (2008) and ‘Deco Radio – The most beautiful radios ever made’ (2014) have confirmed radio as early examples of streamlining and modern industrial design. Peter is a Committee member of the Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia and has lectured on design at Art Deco World Congresses and at the College of Fine Arts, New South Wales University.
A highly respected dentist in Sydney, Peter is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Faculty of Dentistry, Sydney University and teaches clinical photography to undergraduates, dentists and specialists all over Australia and New Zealand. In 2013 he published A GUIDE TO STANDARD VIEWS, the first publication dedicated to clinical photogrpahy for general dentists. In 2016 he authored the textbook ‘Clinical Photography in Dentistry – A New Perspective’ (Quintessence USA) bringing his professional photographic skills to an international audience. In 2023 he has published A GUIDE TO DENTAL CLINICAL PHOTOGRAPHY, an 80 page primer covering camera systems, accessories, settings as well as standard views. He is a fellow of both the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International.
In 2001 he was honored by the Australian government, being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his international work in empowering people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
Peter works with the CAMBODIA ORAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP, travelling each year to Cambodia to lecture a the University to students and to work with local children to improve their oral health
His book SYDNEY ART DECO (2019) has been featured in the Guardian Newspaper, Wentworth Courier, Womens Weekly and Sunday Life as well as on the ABC and Radio National.
Abbey Books and Better Read than Dead have made Sydney Art Deco one of their featured books. SYDNEY ART DECO was long-listed for the 2020 Indie Book Awards.
The book launch in Sydney on 14th May 2019 was oversubscribed with some 140 attendees. The print run was sold out by December 2019 and the book has been reprinted in 2021
Peter has given talks on Sydney's Art Deco to the National Trust, Historic Houses Trust, ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Art Society), Woollahra and Randlick libraries and on a number of radio programs
Released in July 2021 ART DECO & MODERNIST WALKS - Potts Point / Elizabeth Bay is the first in a series of Sydney Art Deco & Modernist walking books in this case featuring the historic and tiny 1 sq km village of Potts Point & Elizabeth Bay. This 200 page book full of history, maps, photos and information features 75 Art Deco and 32 Modernist buildings in the area including 5 by Emil Sodersten and 5 by Harry Seidler. In 2022 it was reprinted.
COLLECTING ART DECO From fine art to ephemera was released in August 2023. Featuring over 750 pieces across 46 topic areas this 264 page book spaNs the range from rare and valuable museum pieces to accessible and affordable collectibles and ephemera. This impressive hardcover coffee table book will appeal to Art Deco lovers, collectors at all levels and anyone who enjoys beautifully photographed style and design
Peter is the Chairman of the Potts Point Preservation Group which represents the residents of Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay. The group is working to preserve and promote the area as unique in Australia with its special 19th and 20th century architectural heritage, its links to the social history of Sydney, its density, diversity and demographics, as well as its location,walkability and amenities.
Peter is a masters tennis player playing A grade open competition and ranked in the top 10 in Australia in his age group.