Peter trained as an artist at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, the Slade School (1979-1983), London University and then post-graduate at the Royal Academy Schools (1984-1987). He was initially influenced by the teaching of Ewan Uglow and specialized in working from the life model which he continued at post graduate level. He attended the Royal Academy Schools at the time of Peter Greenham RA and Norman Adams.RA. During his early years of teaching adult education at Tunbridge Wells, he encountered the more radical (anti-academic) theories and practice of Roy Oxlade, which influenced his approach to his own drawing and painting as well as his teaching. He became fascinated with the idea of finding a synthesis between contrasting artistic elements such as form and color, observation and invention, analysis and intuition.
Peter’s prints demonstrate that he has formed a means of holding these sometimes conflicting artistic elements in a creative tension. They are fresh, immediate and full of expressive color yet the forms are held in a strong structure of drawing. Peter also credits his passion for songwriting for helping to liberate his artwork from preconceived formats and increasing his ability to improvise.
While at the Royal Academy of Arts, Peter created the RA Outreach programme, taking creativity workshops with the artist’s life model into schools nationwide. He ran this programme for twenty years, staged three exhibitions of young people’s work at the Academy and as a result was asked to contribute to executive programmes at the London Business School. There, he helps leaders and managers to understand more about the nature of creativity and the connection between art and business. For the last fifteen years, Peter has been an external consultant at the LBS. He has designed creative learning programmes for companies including Deutsche Bank, A.T.Kearney, Givaudan, M&S, McLaren Automotive, Unilever, Estée Lauder and Jo Malone.
Peter believes in Renaissance thinking and in the power of cross fertilization between subjects, encouraging managers to realize that solutions can occur by employing subjects outside your own skill base.
See Peter’s latest exhibition at The Minster Gallery.