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Peter M. Hicks - Northern Landscape Artist - Contact Details

Visitors are most welcome to Peter's studio in Danby by appointment ONLY * 01287 660543


Peter Hicks

 Peter Hicks has pursed a career as a professional painter for many years. He was head of a large Art Department at Queen Elizabeth College, Darlington, lectured extra mural for Durham and Hull Universities and compiled a publication on the Life and work of the well know artist, Lilian Colbourn. As a result her work was shown in Cork Street, London.


'In Yorkshire the name of Peter Hicks is almost synonymous with paintings of the North Yorkshire moors. His sweeping landscapes of the moors in all seasons and weathers describe and explore the fall of light and cloud-shadow over immense rolling distances. Although his paintings are usually specific to particular places on the moor, they are abstracted in the making until their poetic, visionary qualities become uppermost. The layered depths in these landscapes correspond to the layers of memory and association connected with the familiar places. Hicks knows the land so well that the moors, in all their guises, have become a metaphor for intimations of hope and harmony that are only to be found in nature. His paintings incorporate both an experienced reality and an exploration of his feelings. For him, as for John Constable, 'painting is but another word for feeling'. He owes his artistic allegiance to the great English landscape artists, especially Turner, and is quick to defend the continuing relevance of landscape painting as a vehicle for expressing ideas and feeling that can find a universal appeal'.

Quote from' the elemental north' exhibition Messem's - text by Jenny Pery - Author and Art Historian


"I work out of need and towards some kind of fulfilment. My perception is caught between figuration and abstraction, in a world where hints, hopes and promises abound. It aims at a coming together and promises an amalgam of many things; the known or familiar, an aspiration, a shared moment, or a memory.

My stimulus remains the environment, particularly from places where thoughts intervene, etching their own patina upon familiar objects. The aim is to be a clear transparency to the ideas that come to thought.

I subscribe to the belief that, though the forms of art change, the highest aspirations remain".

Peter talking with guests on an 'Open Studio' day 

To contact for a warm and friendly welcome from the painter himself

Telephone 01287 660543 (with call minder)

Peter M. Hicks, 19 Briar Hill, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2LZ

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Peter M Hicks

Work can be seen at:-

Turnstone Gallery, Sandsend, Nr Whitby, North Yorkshire

Messum's Gallery, Cork St, London

Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Chantry House, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Coast Gallery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire


Solo Exhibitions

1988 University of Picardy, Amiens, France

1993 Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr

1994 Castlegate House, Cockermouth

1995 Stonegate Gallery, York

1996 The Gallery, Gateshead

1996 Myles Meeham Gallery, Darlington

1998 Washington, County Durham

2001 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford

2003 Michael Pybus Fine Arts, Whitby

2005 Minster Gallery, York

Talents Fine Art, Malton, North Yorkshire


Group Exhibitions

1991 'British Art Month' Roy Miles Gallery, Mayfair, London

1994 Turners Legacy, Contact Gallery, Norwich

1995 Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr

1998 Yorkshire Artists, York City Art Gallery

1999 'Land, Sea, & Sky, Myles Meeham Gallery

2000 Ryedale Music Festival, Helmsley

2003 Art Connections, Pannett Gallery, Whitby

2004 The Caedmon Group, Eton College

2005 Alresford Gallery, Winchester

2005 Messum's, Cork Street, London

2006 Michael Pybus Fine Arts - Whitby

2006 Corrymella Scott Gallery - Jesmond - Newcastle

 2008 "Worlds Apart" The Lund Gallery, Easingwold, North Yorkshire

2008 "One Moment" Exhibition Galanthus Gallery, Wormbridge, Hereford

2008 West Dean College, Sussex

2008 'Art Connections' Eton College

2008 Messem's Cork Street, London


Features and Articles

Observer Newspaper - Year of the Arts - Northern Arts -1996

Newcastle Journal - Year of the Arts - Northern Arts -1996

Work features on BBC & ITV - Year of the Arts 1996

ITV Friday Live - 1999

ITV Dales Diary -2000

Interviews on a number of other regional programmes

 A Journey through the Landscape with Peter M Hicks called "Dawn to Dusk" - a film by Nicholas Turner' available as a  DVD

DVD entitled |"Inspired Landscape  - Celebrating the North York Moors National Park", including contributions by Joe Cornish, Gillies Jones, Peter M Hicks, Len Tabner, and William Tillyer.

Peter working on studies based on Kirkham Priory near Malton, North Yorkshire

The Origins of Peter's Work


Much of Peter's work is derived from the landscape of the North York Moors and its coastline, and the Yorkshire Dales, but Peter has also has painted in other parts of the country namely St Ives, Cornwall - Dorset, and during recent years in Herefordshire.

The landscapes and scenery of the Derbyshire Dales, The Lake District in Cumbria, The Yorkshire Dales, The Northern Pennines and The North Yorkshire Moors of Northern England have not only provided excellent walking and touring country for several hundred years but have also inspired the work of many artists whose paintings pay homage to the great natural beauty of the landscape around us. The work of such artists, in turn, has historically led to a greater interest and appreciation of the 'robust' landscapes of Northern England. The work of Peter Hicks should encourage to people to visit these wonderful scenic areas, and hopefully, those 'tourists' who know these areas well, appreciate his stunning interpretation of what is around them whether on foot or in the car!

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Peter M. Hicks - Northern Landscape Artist

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Exhibition at Danby Lodge National Park Centre, North Yorkshire

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