Peter Brown ‘Country and Countries’

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In conjunction with the exhibition at Messums London showcasing recent paintings of the nation’s capital, this exhibition at Messums West presents 50 new paintings by British Impressionist painter, Peter Brown, which that have taken place at locations outside the metropolis. While the London paintings reflect life in the city, the paintings in this exhibition offer a form of a visual journal, depicting scenes from Brown’s more personal journey. There are paintings, for example, from a trip to Sidmouth for a talk, from Mothecombe beach on a summer half term break, Glastonbury festival and the Cotswolds in the snow. Other paintings reference trips abroad including to Rome, Montpellier and the ski resort of Aussois.

Known for working directly from his subject, Brown is affectionately known as ‘Pete the Street’ and takes pleasure in connecting with the serendipitous happenings of life unfolding around him – both through his paintings and his conversations. ‘Life’ and its reality provides the stimulus for Brown’s painting. He describes: “I work entirely from life using the cities and the countryside as my subjects. I start with what tickles me, and this is likely to be a certain play of the light, weather, space and everyday life.” While Brown continually paints a scene something can happen which may or may not be added into the image. Thus, the work reflects not one moment, but a particular place over a period of time, often comprising several hours over the course of a day. Everything is informed by Brown’s intense observation. His paintings offer an honesty reflective of our time.

Brown recently completed his term as President of the New English Art Club (NEAC) and remains a member. He is also a member of the Royal institute of Oil Painters, the Pastel Society, Bath Society of Artists and an honorary member of the Royal Society of British Artists.



Peter Brown NEAC

[ 1967
- Present ]
Peter Brown is an all-weather painter of street scenes and city landscapes. Known for working directly from his subject, he is affectionately known as ‘Pete the Street’. Peter is often associated with Bath, the city that inspired him to revisit figurative painting after his explorations into abstraction which took him from art school in Manchester in the late eighties up until 1992.  While he has lived and painted for most of his adult life in Bath, his work takes him to countless locations across the UK and around the world.

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