In 1970, Peter attended Chesterfield College of Art and Design. From here, he went on to study at Newcastle University, graduating with a BA (hons) Fine Art degree. He then proceeded to study at Cardiff University, gaining a PGCE in 1980, before moving and settling in North Wales in 1981. He has spent many years walking the coast and climbing the mountains, often with a sketchbook in hand to develop a theme for his artwork.
Influences in Peter's artistic career include Turner and Palmer plus various 20th Century artists.
His own style has developed into an abstract method of portraying the drama of the land and sea, using Indian and acrylic inks to create atmosphere and increase mood. The perspective is then brutalised, methods are harshened and then softened – a continuous state of flux.
Drawings are selected from his numerous sketches, whilst colour and tone are also memorised; with a developed contrasting light and colour, or a monochrome effect. His paintings are subjected in this way to intensify experimentation in acrylic inks which are permanent; therefore, drawing and experimenting becomes a way of seeing.
He paints ‘plein air’ in the summer, producing numerous oil and watercolour sketches.
..THE ARTIST INSPIRED
Peter is a listed art teacher with the RCA, teaching two art groups, one at Rowen Memorial Hall, the other in Craig Y Don Community Centre. One is drawing and printmaking, the other is a general drawing and painting class. As well as this, he demonstrates and lectures to numerous art societies in North Wales, and has records of drawings and paintings from these groups. As well as school art from Sudan, Peter has made numerous drawings of the Nuba Tribe and their habitat.
Peter has also taught school children from Bethesda to make slate sculptures based on the ‘Mabinogion’ in Fachwen woodland park in Llanberis. Another creation of Peter’s is a WW1 sculpture installation for an RCA opening in 2014, for an Artists for Peace exhibition in Llandudno and for Conwy Parish Church for Remembrance Sunday 2016.
He is currently with Tegfryn Gallery, Menai Bridge and Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff.
AWARDS & COMPETITIONS
Snowdonia Painting Challenge Winner - 2003
RCA Open Competition - 2004 - 2019
Bangor Museum Open Competition - 2004 - 2019
Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, Oriel Mon - 2008
Welsh Artist of the Year, Finalist, Cardiff - 2008
EXHIBITIONS & GALLERIES
2000 - 2019
NORTH WALES OPEN EXHIBITION, MOLD
2007 - 2018
ORIEL YNYS MON GALLERY EXHIBITION
MOMA WALES MACHYNLLETH
GROSVENOR OPEN EXHIBITION, CHESTER
2016 - 2019