This week-end marks the opening – at Bath’s Victoria Gallery – of an exhibition featuring over 100 new oil paintings and drawings by Bath-based artist Peter Brown, commonly known as ‘Pete the Street’ for his habit of painting outdoors in all weathers.
The exhibits, all to be captured in a brand new book, include scenes of well-loved Bath locations displayed side by side with views of Arles, Dublin, Granada, London, Seville and other cities.
In all cases the artist uses the street as his studio and depicts the bustling life he encounters at different times of day and different seasons.
Nor will fans of Bath’s Georgian heritage be disappointed for Pete never tires of painting his home city – and in all weathers too!
Bath Newseum caught up with the artist while the exhibition was still being hung, and asked him what it was about painting out of doors that he liked so much.
The exhibition continues until February 19th, 2017 and the gallery is open daily from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm daily.
There will be a talk and a book signing by the artist on Saturday, December 3rd between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm. It’s free to Discover Card and ticket-holders.
Running alongside Peter Brown is an exhibition by Jean Rose entitled the ‘Poetry of the Everyday.’
Jean was among the first artists to enrol at the Bath Academy of Art in the late 1940s. Sixty-five years later she is still at work in the city, producing tellingly observed paintings of shoppers, street vendors, dog-walkers and garden centre visitors.
These works celebrate everyday social activities, whilst paying homage to the methods of earlier painters such as Edouard Vuillard and Piero della Francesca.
Jean Rose has exhibited widely, and all works will be for sale in this, her first one-woman show in Bath since 2008.
Check out these new exhibitions and other events via the Victoria Art Gallery website at victoriagal.org.uk