Clossick paints and draws direct from observation to capture the moment with colour and physical presence. Focusing on the encounter between viewer and object through scale, texture and form, to prompt a visceral response.
The effect showing someone absorbed in the act of looking by drawing attention to the viewers own activity of looking, with the final image being more important than the visual appearance of the subject.
The portrait is an ideal, to arrive at some underlying essence of character with the added urgency of someone sitting in the studio. I like to draw with paint wet into wet, using a limited palette, with the sitter in front of me. Although I occasionally have worked using aid-memoires.
Predominantly working in oil paint, pen, ink and charcoal, it is a process of continual drawing and arriving at a statement through evolution rather than pre-planning.
Paintings can sometimes become physically heavy with so much material applied to the surface, and paper become torn and scarred. My measure of time when working is not fixed.
Peter Clossick is an artist, painter, living in London, educated at Leicester College, Camberwell College of Art and Goldsmiths’ College. His work addresses issues of perception and observation through his study of phenomenology and existentialism. He is interested in people and their lives and his connection to them through the painting process.
Peter’s art has been exhibited in John Moore’s 17, Mall Galleries, Whitechapel Open, Threadneedle, Amsterdam, America and Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and has been awarded prizes in the Lynn Painter-Stainers exhibition. His work has been included in several publications, solo exhibitions and many group shows.
Past President of the London Group
Freeman Painter-Stainers Guild
RSA Bursary, Lynn Painter-Stainers runner up prize 2008/ 2012
Judge John Byrt, Working Mens’ College; Trevor Aston, Oxford University, plus private commissions.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions
John Moores 17
Paintings, with Anthony Eyton RA, Woodlands gallery 2003
Drawings, with Anthony Whishaw RA, Walk Gallery 2005.
In Touch, solo exhibition, Highgate Gallery 2007. “Colour and Texture”, with Julie Held, Boundary Gallery 2010.
Large Works, solo exhibition, Gallery Duncan Terrace 2010.
Painting Without a Brush by David Ferry. Studio Vista ISBN 0-289-80060-9
The London Group edited by Jane Humphrey ISBN 0-9545238-0-6
The Artist Magazine, Elements of Surprise, Feb 2010
Colour & Texture Catalogue, ISBN 978-0-9555510-1-7
The Artist Magazine, London Landmark, Feb 2013