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|Peter Swan Paintings|
|Born in London in 1936. Retired from full time teaching as senior lecturer in the Faculty of Fine Art, Bristol Polytechnic in 1985. Artist member of Royal West of Academy since 1970. Works in oil, watercolour, and pastel from his studio in Bristol.|
|Somerset College of Art, Taunton 1953 – 1955.St Martins School of Art, London 1955 – 1957 NDD Painting.Institute of Education, London University 1958 – 1959 ATD.|
|1st prize, Saunders Artist in Watercolour competition 1975.|
|Two murals for Yateley Comprehensive School, Hampshire.|
Work in private collections in England, Jersey CI, Australia, America, France, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Germany and Italy.
|Arnolfini Galleries, Bristol 1961 – 62 – 66.|
Barrow Court, Somerset 1976.
R.W.A. New Gallery 2003.
|A.I.A. Galleries, London.|
John Moores, Liverpool.
Bear Lane, Oxford.
Exeter Arts Festival.
Dillington House, Somerset.
R.W.A. Bristol. Autumn Exhibitions 1970 – 2005.
|I have always been moved by the appearance of things. I believe there is more poetry, drama and abstract tension in subject matter, extracted from the world around us, than any shapes we might make up. I have always worked with the subject in front of me, either finishing the painting in situ, or making small oil studies and drawings, which can be used to make a larger version in the studio. My usual practice is to square up the studies or drawings, and transfer them as faithfully as possible to a larger squared up canvas. Where possible, I will return many times to the subject to collect more information. I like the discipline and sense of tradition in working this way; it gives a “detached” quality to the process of painting, and allows for several works to be on the go at the same time.|
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