#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, 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.