PETER BROWN NEAC ROI PS Hon RBA (1967 - )
Montagu Street from New Quebec Street, London
• Oil on board, 8 x 10" (20 x 25cm)
• Presented in a fine handfinished gesso and gilt frame
• Signed lower right, dated 22.08.12 (10am-12pm) in verso
• Price £1,350 + Artist's Resale Rights of 4%
As they rush about their daily lives, the pedestrians in Peter Brown's pictures see no more perhaps than the simple parts that make up a street scene but, for the viewer, the evocation is one in which we are reminded of the beauty in everyday life. His observations are always about the particular, and we can be sure that at the time of painting, between 10am and 12pm on 22nd August 2012, a man in a green fluorescent jacket climbing a ladder was present in this backstreet near Marble Arch.
Peter Brown, born in 1967, is a familiar figure on the streets of many of Britain’s towns and cities. He first studied for a Diploma in Bath and went on to graduate with a Fine Art degree from Manchester Polytechnic in 1990. He has worked as an artist ever since, and returning to live in Bath in 1993 he became inspired by the architecture and life of the town. Rarely working in the studio, he prefers to paint outside on location typically in the streets of London, Bath, Oxford and Cambridge, and often in the foulest of weathers. This has earned him the nickname ‘Pete the Street’.
In 2006, Peter Brown was invited to be the first artist in residence at the Savoy Hotel in London. He has won a string of awards which, in recent years, include the Critic’s Choice at the NEAC in 2012, 2011 and 2009, a prize winner in the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize in 2012, the Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing in 2008, the Drawing Prize at the Hunting Art Prizes in 2005, and in 2001 one of his works was selected from the Royal Society of Portrait Artists to be hung at the National Gallery. He is a member of the New English Art Club, the Pastel Society, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Bath Society of Artists, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of British Artists. To date, he has held some 15 one-man exhibitions. Examples of his work can be found in the National Library of Wales, Holburne Museum in Bath, the Bowerman Collection, House of Fraser, the RAC Club, and the Howard de Walden Estate.
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