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"Pete's drawings and paintings are interpretations of landscapes and objects within the landscape in a semi abstract form. His current work is a result of recent visits to the north and south of Iceland.
The Icelandic landscape has a pristine, raw and dynamic quality, looking brand new and ancient at the same time. It is physically and visually challenging, this informs my mark making and colour palette.
The work represents his impressions and reactions to particular places and forms within the landscape. It is developed from sketches, photographs and memories, which through stages of drawings and over drawing using layers or various media tend to become more abstract as the work evolves.
As each piece progresses the work becomes its own reference, where the original source image may just be represented in the form of a particular shape, texture or colour. The drawings are created with layers of graphite, soft pastels, and chalks, these layers may then be cut through to expose earlier marks, with further overdrawing and colouring to create a more complex surface. A similar process of layering is also involved in the paintings, but due to the medium the emphasis is on overpainting and glazes.
Pete lives and works in Windsor, Berkshire.
Our gallery director, Dr Outi Remes, discusses with Pete about his exhibition in Zoom. Learn more about Pete's work here: https://youtu.be/gMCWsbJERNc