Bath-based artist – Pete ‘the Street’ Brown – takes over the exhibition space at the Victoria Art Gallery next month with a display of more than 100 new oil paintings and drawings featuring his unique talents.
Running from 30 November 2019 to 2 February 2020, Peter Brown: Bath Is It will celebrate the streets and green places of Bath, along with views of Glastonbury Festival, and more far-flung places painted by the artist on his travels, including New York, Havana and Hôi An.
Humorous diary entries will provide a fascinating insight into the working processes of an artist who is widely acclaimed as one of Britain’s best plein air painters. Peter insists on using the street as his studio and often incorporates passers-by into his work.
The show will include scenes of well-loved Bath locations such as Widcombe, Hedgemead Park, Lansdown and Milsom Street, alongside lesser-known but equally beautiful corners of the city. These atmospheric views are captured in different states: quiet and bustling, and in all weathers, even rain and snow.
Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “Peter Brown has held several successful exhibitions at the Victoria Art Gallery and we are delighted to welcome him back for what is sure to be another popular show. Local residents will be able to enjoy his wonderful paintings of Bath and further afield free of charge with a Discovery Card.”
Despite being in demand globally, Peter continues to paint his home city. He came to Bath in 1986 to study for a foundation course in art, and then trained in Manchester and Greenwich before returning to Bath in 1993.
Peter Brown said: “I have been painting and drawing this city since 1993 and I confess to getting a bit ‘Bath’d out’ every now and then. But I have grown to love Bath for what it is: An absolute jewel, unique in its incredible architecture and stone of ever changing colour – creamy, honey or leaden set in the dark green bowl of its rolling hills. It is stunning and unique not only in this country but in the world. It has a warmth and a charm of its own. I paint it up close in the streets and from afar in the hills. I am still surprised by it and I never tire of its beauty. I love to travel to find new things to paint and I love to return. It is literally lush here.”
Peter is President of the New English Art Club and is represented in the following collections: The Victoria Art Gallery, The RAC Club, The Holburne Museum, The National Library of Wales, Howard de Walden Estate, House of Fraser, Hottinger Group, The Bowerman Collection, The Savoy Art Collection, The Target Corporation and The Drapers’ Company.
A fully illustrated catalogue will be available and most works will be for sale.
Saturday 30 November, 12pm-1pm
The talk is free to Discovery Card and exhibition ticket holders and booking is not required.