In his paintings Fleming wants to share what he describes as his small moments of vision. The beauty of a subject initiates the painting process and then the balancing act for him is to make an image that presents the visual facts while retaining the poetry of the theme. Fleming comes from a generation of figurative artists haunted by taunts of irrelevance. He is pleased to note that "isms" tend to fade into "wasms" while images retain their power to delight and intrigue.
Peter Fleming paints directly from the subject whenever possible. In the case of a large canvas and a high mountain, for example, he makes drawings and colour studies to work from in the studio. He does not use photographs, believing what is remembered and what is missed are vital elements for creating a meaningful image. If only information is required there are other ways to get it. Drawing is the foundation of all that he does.
1949 Born in London
1962 to 1972 Studied at Hammersmith College of Art and Building
1975 Married the Austrian Artist Irmgard Parth
1975 Started part time teaching mostly for Chelsea College of Art and Design
2015 Retired from teaching
Moved to live permanently in a mountain village in Austria.
2010 David Messum Award, New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition
2006 Cecile Jospe Prize, New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition
2003 Third Prize, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
2013 Galerie Nothburga, Innsbruck Austria
2011 Alte Senn Sautens Austria
2006 Teufelsmiede Oetz Austria
2002 Turm Galerie Imst Austria
1996 Galerie Hosp Nassereith Austria
1994 Lyric Gallery London
1989 Argile Gallery London