Mythology

#adifferenttruth – the unintelligible understandable

As there is no culture without mythology, then it is easy to think of cultures as myths re-enacted in the present day. What is often so surprising about myths is that they have little or no basis in fact, they are there simply to make the unintelligible understandable, adding to an individual’s sense of identity.

With this in mind, I reinterpret myths for my own ends in drawings and paintings to serve the same purpose – to make life intelligible.

Digital Drawing
Exploratory drawing for style and technique [Cat: 04/0000, Symbol Collection, 10 x 8″ / 25 x 20 cm, Digital Drawing, 2018]

By PT

Peter Town is a born storyteller gifted with an ability to translate both everyday quirks and deeper philosophical musing through his work. Often using strong lines, vibrant colours and symbolism in his pictures, Town has combined a long and successful career as a designer and entrepreneur with a vibrant artist portfolio. Many of Town’s paintings use strong shapes and primary colours, such as the Stairs series, whilst others are quieter and more contemplative as they represent a more tranquil inner space. His abstract series of prints and paintings represent works where the narrative is more ambiguous but ever-present. He sees landscapes, interior spaces and natural forms as abstract shapes and colours and transcribes these onto canvas. Having studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham in the era when Michael Craig-Martin, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Jim Dine wielded their influence, Town went on to the Royal College of Art. Taking advantage of his brilliance for being able to communicate ideas through illustration, Town went on to have a hugely successful career over four decades as a designer. Throughout, he has continued to paint and to develop his artistic style through drawings, acrylics, photography, and printmaking.