#tableauxofdreams – exploring other avenues
This is one of my very long-term projects which is far from being completed, as I have not yet understood sufficiently what it is about. I have completed over 100 drawings with an accompanying 10,000-word text.
I do not feel any compunction to force it to a conclusion because, as with all my projects, it will be done when it is done.
#curatedspaces – broad canvass
It is never easy to pin down what is quintessential to our character, but it is safe to say the English love to garden and in a singular style defined by history, climate and scale. Our garden is small in scale but filled with a wide variety of plants chosen for interest throughout the year.
There is a long tradition of artists being inspired by their gardens and in 2016 the Royal Academy of Arts put on an exhibition entitled Painting the modern garden – Monet to Matisse which was the inspiration behind this series of paintings.
Oil sketch of a laburnum tree cascading over lilac [Cat: 0332, Laburnum, 16 x 20″ / 40 x 50 cm, Oil paint on canvass board, 2015]
#Cul-De-Sac – no way out
There are certain scenes and situations that affect us in strange ways, whether it is a feeling of déjà vu or something comforting, or perhaps we are aware of a strange sensation but are unaware of the reason behind it.
Several years ago, while staying at a run-down pension in Mons – an ancient hilltop town in the south of France, way off the beaten track – I became fascinated by this scene. The pot plant blocks off access to a short flight of stairs that lead only to a disused and locked door, creating a sense of mystery, and the adjacent chair suggests that a guard or custodian has temporarily vacated their station.
A perfectly placed pot plant and chair [Cat: 0571, Chair at the top of the stairs, 20 x 24″ / 50 x 60 cm, Oil paint on canvas board, 2013]
Santa Maria delle Tinte
Six new works were added to those shown at the Serra Sant’Abbondlo exhibition in September 2018.
Serra Sant’Abbondio, Le Marche, Italy 7-9 September 2018
Designed to coincide with this year’s festival of Santa Patrono in the town of Serra Sant’Abbondio, this exhibition showcases a small selection of Peter’s work from the last 20 years, during which he has become a regular visitor to this wild and mountainous region in north east Italy. His travels have resulted in a number of studies which capture its beauty and sense of history, on show here for the first time.
Serra Sant’Abbondio, Le Marche, Italy 7-9 September 2018. Architectural details sit alongside landscapes and natural forms, demonstrating a range of styles and techniques common to all of Peter’s work. A highlight of the show takes the form of a series of studies of the local mountain, Monte Catria, which illustrate its changing shape and character throughout one day in the summer of 2011, taking the viewer on a journey from morning mist to evening twilight via a wide range of striking, interpretive styles.
With dreams of fortunes and fool’s gold, dynamic crystalline geometries both reflective and translucent, rocks provide a fascinating subject to study. Holding a piece of rock is akin to holding the earth’s history in your hands, and it can be imagined as a whole mountain range in miniature. I find it very difficult to describe rocks visually. They hold a fascination for me, and I regularly seek out examples of other artists’ work for inspiration.
Rocks is part of a series of works inspired by nature. While they provide life-long sources of interest, these subjects ultimately form the basis of my abstract paintings which are both hard-edged and yet fluid in appearance. Rocks tells the story of the earth’s origins through their faceted shapes and multiple forms, from tiny gemstones to imposing granite rock faces.
#solesurvivors – exploring isolation
A single tree silhouetted on the skyline is a trope of loneliness, but that does not diminish the power of such an image as a single tree is the sole survivor of a onetime forest. Trees do not grow in isolation; they are social beings that benefit from being in numbers, and we mammals have a close association and long-standing interdependence with them, as it was their early presence on the planet that exchanged the carbon-filled atmosphere for life-giving oxygen.
It is this close relationship that I like to explore in my studies of trees, bark, leaves and forests.
Trees is part of a series of works inspired by nature. While they provide life-long sources of interest, these subjects ultimately form the basis of my abstract paintings which are both hard-edged and yet fluid in appearance. Trees focuses on the endless variety in our woodlands and forests, constantly changing in form and appearance throughout the year.
#relicsandreliquaries -certainty of power
Otherwise unremarkable objects, a nail, a splinter of wood or a square of linen are imbued with the power to heal and mend broken lives by faith and their sumptuous presentation. There is an irony between the mundanity of the object, a nail, and the gold, emeralds, pearls and rubies that surround it, suggesting the uncertainty of power.
I think I can use this ‘objective irony’ to good effect in an artwork.