Peter Perry

Born          Mousehole, Cornwall 1950

Address     Stile Cottage, Trevithal,           t: 01736 731846

                Paul, Penzance, Cornwall     m: 07759 660050

                  TR19 6UQ     e:



Education         BSc University of Newcastle

                           MSc University of Sheffield

                           PhD University of Newcastle

I had an unconventional childhood in west Cornwall and rural north Wales as a member of a highly artistic family. My mother, Biddy Picard, is a well-known artist who painted and exhibited well into her 80s.

I showed artistic ability at a very young age, winning a regional art competition even whilst at primary school. I was very much an ‘outdoor kid’ and my friends and I seemed to spend half our lives in the countryside, along the foreshore or out at sea in small boats; I loved birds and would watch them for hours on end. My father was in forestry in North Wales and throughout childhood and as a young man I frequently visited the family in Snowdonia, where the Welsh mountain landscape and time spent with trees and woodlands made a deep, lasting impression on me.

I am self-taught in painting, having studied earth sciences to PhD level at university and then, as a mature student, forestry, rather than fine art. Much of my adult life has been spent working out-doors and probably because of this landscape and the natural environment are my main inspiration.

Currently I work mainly in oil, pastel and watercolour, doing lots of small outside studies, which include some of my best work. Large oils are developed either from the outside sketches or, in the case of semi/abstract paintings, are products of memory and my imagination. Both pastel and watercolour are not only convenient for working outdoors but also enable me to get the effects I want, subtlety with soft pastel and watercolour, bold bright colours with oil pastel. I use charcoal or graphite when I’m concerned with pattern and tone rather than colour.

My work varies enormously in scale and focus and whilst I enjoy making small highly detailed studies of nature – say a feather or a leaf, I also love to try to capture the huge sweep of a sky, a bare landscape or the essence of something I’ve seen with little or no detail and most of the emphasis on atmosphere. I travel a good deal and in recent years have painted not only in Cornwall but also in Scotland, Wales, Eire, northern France, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, California, Japan and Australia.

Over the years I’ve shown in a number of Cornish galleries, including recently Tremenheere, Gulval and Far and Wild, Perranporth. I’ve also shown quite widely elsewhere in the UK, including London and have been included in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition four times. In 2015 one of my landscapes was included in the RA’s own selection ‘Best of British’; I’ve also been shortlisted on a number of other occasions.

Peter Perry     2019

Solo exhibitions

Penzance Arts Club                            1998, 1999

Camborne School of Mines               2000

Bakehouse Gallery, Penzance           2000

Penzance Arts Club                            2001

Bartley Drey Gallery, London            2001

Pydar Gallery, Truro                         2001 

Carlyle Galley, London                      2002

Sandpiper Gallery, Mousehole         2002, 2005, 2006

Wren Gallery, Burford                       2005

Oxford University Press                    2007

Galerie des Sources, Normandy      2007

Open Studio, Penzance                    2009 - 2019 annually

Jam Factory, Oxford                          2012, 2014

Selected Group exhibitions

Mid Cornwall Gallery                         1998

City Gallery, London                         1999

Bartley Drey Gallery, London             2000

Albany Gallery, Cardiff                     2000

Up and Above Gallery, Falmouth       2001

Workhouse Gallery, London               2001

Artifex Gallery, Sutton Coldfield         2000

Llewellyn Alexander, London             2002                                                                                   

Walker Gallery, Honiton                      2003, 2004, 2007

John Leach Gallery, Somerset           2004

Russell Gallery, Putney                     2005

Thompson’s Gallery, London              2008

Badcocks, Newlyn                             2009

Affordable Art Fair, London                  2009, 2010, 2011

Discerning Eye, London  2017

Far and Wild, Perranporth                    2018/9

Tremenheere, Penzance                   2019


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition  

Exhibited in 2004, 2009, 2015, 2019

Shortlisted in 2002, 2016, 2017


Private collections

UK, France, Switzerland, Austria and USA