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Beth
 
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Firelight
 
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In the Garden
 
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Pale Skin
 
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Sensual
 
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The Book
 
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The Dancer
 
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Voluptuous
 
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Peter Kavanagh Paintings
Peter has been drawing and painting all his life, working today as an artist, illustrator and tutor. He has illustrated over 100 children’s books in the last fifteen years and had ten published as an author. He teaches privately and for Adult Education and runs life drawing classes. He exhibits at galleries across Norfolk, at the Victoria Jones Gallery in London and at the Corte Real Gallery, Paderne, Portugal.As an artist he is drawn to the human form and its expression of life. His work in line, charcoal, watercolour and oil challenges the standpoints of prudery and pornography and presents the naked body without shame. If the viewer can allow themselves to get beyond the usual knee-jerk reaction to nudity, they will discover beauty in his timeless images.
 
Education:
1960 Born in Hinckley, Leicstershire. 1969 Moved to Ballymoney, County Antrim. 1971/1978 Education at Dalriada Grammar School, eight O-levels, three A-levels. 1979 Foundation Course at the Ulster Polytechnic, Belfast. 1980/1983 Graphic design education at Somerset College of Arts and Technology, regional diploma and membership of the SIAD. 1983/1985 Graphic designer at Video Graffiti, Milton Keynes working on industrial audio-visual productions such as new product launches, corporate presentations and training programmes. 1985/1988 Graphic designer at CAL Video Graphics, Soho, London working on television title sequences, adverts and film special effects. 1989/2006 Freelance designer, illustrator, author and artist. Today I work mainly as a children’s book illustrator and author. I’ve had over one hundred titles published, recent books being George and the Dragon, Craig’s Crocodile and Ella’s Games. I’ve illustrated authors such as Dick King-Smith, Jacqueline Wilson and Tony Bradman. I regularly visit schools and libraries and work with children on books and drawing. I also visit local art groups and run life drawing classes for adults. I paint and draw the human figure whenever I can and have had small exhibitions at the Madder Market Theatre, Norwich and Sheringham Little Theatre as well as participating in Norfolk Open Studios and contributing to local mixed exhibitions. I have exhibited in galleries in Brighton, Fareham, Southampton, London and most recently in Paderne, Portugal.
 
Selected Commissions/collections:
Apart from my illustration work which is always commissioned I also do private commissions of nude portraits. These works become instant treasures to the couples and families who request them. I have become rather good at painting pregnant ladies!
 
Group Exhibitions:
I exhibit regularly at several local galleries such as Theo's in Cromer, The Stable Gallery in Kelling and The Crome Gallery in Norwich. Recent mixed shows I participated in were:

Summer 2005 The Body, St Giles Street Gallery, Norwich.
Spring 2006 The Tree of Life, Victoria Jones Gallery, London.
Autumn 2006 The Elm Hill Art Fair, Crome Gallery, Norwich.
 
Artist's Statement:
Peter has been drawing and painting all his life, through school and art college and now as an artist, illustrator and tutor. He has illustrated over 100 children’s books in the last fifteen years and had ten published as an author. He teaches privately and for Adult Education and runs life drawing classes. He exhibits at galleries across Norfolk, at the Victoria Jones Gallery in London and at the Corte Real Gallery, Paderne, Portugal.As an artist he is drawn to the human form and its expression of life. His work in line, charcoal, watercolour and oil challenges the standpoints of prudery and pornography and presents the naked body without shame. If the viewer can allow themselves to get beyond the usual knee-jerk reaction to nudity, they will discover beauty in his timeless images.Light moving across the endlessly changing contours and profiles of the living figure provides him with constant inspiration. Life and movement are other qualities he tries to capture in his work. It is difficult for models to keep a sense of vigour in poses of any length so the artist has to work quickly.Our ability to read body language means that we perceive messages in the slightest renderings of the human figure. These subtle expressions of personality are just as important in his drawings as details of form or correctness of proportion.The act of drawing is very important. The process of looking, seeing and making marks on paper is like a primitive therapy. To draw people from life requires the putting aside of many preconceptions and taboos. It is a process of gradually freeing the mind from personal restrictions and allowing oneself to indulge in the pleasure of looking at the most beautiful form in Nature.
 
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