Peter Dawkins

Peter Dawkins

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Artist's Statement

 

I am an artist painting in gouache and mixed media.

 

The importance of an interesting composition and the inter-relationship of various elements form the basis of much of my work.  Perspective may be manipulated and I am interested in the use of somewhat unconventional picture formats.  The idea for paintings is sometimes triggered by a particular observed situation and capturing a moment in time as in some of my "sequential paintings".  Recent 3 dimensional assemblages explore spatial relationships using both man-made and natural objects, making use of materials such as wood, ceramics, plastic, glass, wire, tin and string etc.  The work may be figurative or abstract in conception.

From 1951 to 1955, I studied graphic design at South East Technical College School of Art, graduating in 1955 with a College Diploma in Applied Art and the National Diploma in Design.  On completion of my studies I was called for 2 years National Service in the Royal Army Service Corp, training as a Tactical Sketcher (Military Map Making) and was posted to Singapore.

In 1957 on return to the UK I embarked on a career as a Graphic Designer in the Printing Industry.  At the same time I developed my parallel interest in 'Fine Art' and have exhibited in Essex and London in many group exhibitions.

In 1991 after many years in Graphic Design, my work took a complete change of direction when together with my wife we set up a Studio Ceramics Workshop producing slip-cast pottery.  We devoted ourselves to this over the next decade.

In 2003 we began travelling extensively in the UK, Ireland, France and Italy - paintings produced as a result of these visits have been regularly selected for the prestigious Royal Watercolour Society Open Competitions at the Bankside Gallery in London and work has been purchased for a number of private collections.

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