Peter Brown PNEAC RP ROI PS Hon RBA
Pompous as it sounds, Peter has never felt more alive than when he is painting on the streets of places like London and India. He never knows what he’s going to paint until he gets there and even then the landscape changes in front of him. Every day is an adventure in a small way. Peter does paint interiors and draws the kids from time to time but he has to be in front of his subject. The challenge for me is translating that 3d space full of noise, smell, colour and atmosphere and freezing it on a canvas.
Peter works directly from life, be it in his home town of Bath, London, India, Spain, France and wherever his travels take him which is how he earned the nickname “Pete the Street”. He works in Oil either on canvas board or paper and also Charcoal. His works range from 6 x 8 inches up to 60 x 80 inches. They are sometimes executed in one sitting but often he returns to the same spot at the same time of day and similar weather for as many goes as it takes. He works through all the seasons and in all weathers relishing the opportunities snow and rain offer as much as the heat of India or the sharp bright light of Spain. He refuses to use photographic reference.
His exhibitions are usually accompanied by publications cataloguing his experiences while working through his diary extracts.
1967 Born on 28 July, Reading.
1986 to 1987 Obtained Diploma in Art Foundation Studies (Commendation in Painting), Bath College Higher Education, Bath.
1987 to 1990 Studied for BA(Hons) Fine Art, 2:1, Manchester Polytechnic.
1992 to 1993 PGCE(FE), University of Greenwich.
1994 Returned to live in Bath.
1997 Elected as a Member of the Pastel Society and Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
1998 Elected as Member of the New English Art Club.
2006 Artist in Residence, The Savoy Hotel, London.
Bath Society of Artists
2001/09/12/13 Critic’s Choice, New English Art Club
2012 Lyn painter stainer’s Prize Runner up,
2008 Prince of wales Award for Portrait Drawing
2006 1st Artist in Residence, The Savoy Hotel
2008 The Arts Club Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition
2005 Hunting Arty prizes: The Drawing Prize
2002 The Arts Club Award, New English Art Club Annual Exhibition
2001 The Arts Club Award, Pastel Society
1996 Pastel Society non Member’s Award
2004 to 2016 Messum’s Cork Street, London (12 One man Exhibitions)
2000 to 2016 Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (8 One Man Exhibitions)
2009 Alexander Meddowes, Edinburgh (One Man Exhibition)
2002 and 2003 WH Patterson Fine Arts, London (One man Exhibition)
2015 Varanasi 4 painters’ Indar pasricha Fine Arts, London
2013 Udaipur 4 painters’ Tryon Gallery, London
2006 and 2010 Albany Gallery, Cardiff, 2 Man Exhibitions
2000 and 2002 WH Patterson Fine Arts, London 2 Man Exhibitions
London: Paintings by Peter Brown, Published Sansom & Co. 2015
Browns Bath, Published Browns Fine Art Ltd, 2008
“My Indian Travels” Published David Messum Fine art, 2013
15 exhibition catalogues 2002-2016, DVD’s: ‘Oil Sketches’ APV Films and ‘Varanasi’ Neale Worley, Various postcards and calendars from 2012