Born Mousehole, Cornwall 1950
Address Stile Cottage, Trevithal, t: 01736 731846
Paul, Penzance, Cornwall m: 07759 660050
TR19 6UQ e: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
UK, France, Switzerland, Austria and USA