| Peter’s early work shows the influence of his northern working-class roots and strong socialist convictions. The works were all black and white collages and reflected a stark view of a world riddled with contrast and conflict. Inspired by artists such as Penny Slinger and Judy Chicago he explored the key areas of gender, class and the erotic. After meeting and working with the English surrealists based in London his creativity became much freer of conscious external influences and drew on unconscious desires, dreams and utilised the free play of his imagination. Since returning to the north of England and being able to spend more time in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales he has drawn far more on “pastoral” and “nature-based” influences. Found objects, colour, photography and the use of 3D boxes now extend the creative process with no external agenda but to seek the “marvellous” in everyday life and objects.
“Combining intellect and passion I endeavour to make my artwork for myself and the viewer an active not passive process.”