Pete was born in Gloucestershire in 1961, and worked as an illustrator for twenty years. He now divides his time between his studios in Aberystwyth and Southern Germany. This is his fourth show at Ffin y Parc.
His background as an illustrator informs his bold and clear paintings of Welsh vernacular architecture. From initial sketches in the open, he refines and reworks his images in the studio, layering and covering, to create collages which are sophisticated as well as being evocative and affectionate. The resulting work projects a simplicity and economy that is the result of a keen eye for composition and telling detail. Works are built from deliberate and apparently accidental marks. Sometimes they seem improvised almost, sometimes to have accreted over time – like their subjects. But there is always control, balance, harmony.
He celebrates the beauty and dignity of ordinary and humble buildings. He infuses these un-regarded and undervalued subjects with a compelling contemporary sensibility. He shows us structures that are both solid, and somehow vulnerable. As familiar as to be almost invisible, permanent as elements of landscape; and yet fragile, and delicate.
There is considerable muscularity and energy in the work, and an immediacy that is very captivating.