#fingertippower – physical interaction

Control has many different meanings in different situations and contexts. Put simply, we all like to have control of many aspects of both our physical and mental landscape. We control the flow of water with a tap, our temptation to snack, availability to others through our phones; in all cases we are trying to tame something that is by its nature uncontrollable.

Green Switch
Collecting reference for various aspects of this project, some used for paintings others for sculpture and 3D modelling [Cat: 150557, Green Switch, 6 mp / 5312 x 2988 pixel, Digital Photography, 2017]
That is what draws me to this area of interest, especially the physical mechanical interface where there is a relationship between the importance of the function, the power of what needs to be controlled and the physical interaction needed – a switch, slider, dial or button.


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, striking colours and symbolism in his pictures, Town has built a vibrant portfolio. Born in Bethnal Green, he grew up in Liverpool and was later educated at Bath Academy of Art and the Royal College of Art. Taking advantage of his ability to communicate ideas visually, he went on to enjoy a successful career as a designer while he continued to paint and develop his artistic style through drawing, painting, photography, and printmaking. While many of Town’s paintings use strong shapes and primary colours, such as the Stairscapes series, others are quieter and more contemplative, representing a more tranquil inner space. His Abstracts series features works where the narrative is more ambiguous but ever-present. He sees landscapes, interior spaces and natural forms as abstract shapes and colours, transcribing these in his unique style onto paper and canvas.