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From September 3rd Peter has an exhibition at the 'Coast Gallery' in Cloughton/Burniston, near Scarborough, 11 Mill Lane, Cloughton, Scarborough, YO13 0AB. The Coast Gallery has a very good tea-room cafe and the gallery exhibits works by Yorkshire artists and sculptors with a range of paintings and ceramics.

Peter Hicks and Beverley Hicks are also taking part in the Staithes Art Festival 2017 on the coast of North Yorkshire on Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th.

These are followed by a massive retrospective exhibition of Peter's work over 60 years at the "Inspired by .. Gallery" at the Moors Centre, Danby on the North York Moors - see below for more details


Peter's next major exhibition is at the "Inspired by ..." art gallery in the Moors National Park Centre, Danby, near Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB.

The showing lasts from Saturday 9th September to Monday October 16th.

It is a retrospective showing covering 60 years of work and artistic development of Peter M Hicks from young student, to teacher, to mature student to becoming the well known landscape artist.

On Saturday September 23rd, the well known North Yorkshire photographer Joe Cornish will talk to Peter Hicks about his career and journey in art.

Five of the larger paintings that will feature in the exhibition are illustrated below (all acrylic on canvas).

 

 

 

"Estuary"

Some thoughts from Peter

This exhibition is a retrospective and covers my painting practise over a 60 year period, the large sunset in the small room is from a group of pieces done in 1990 that marks the time when I was able to devote the whole of my time to painting. Seven pieces in the small room show early influences and a group entitled Landscapes for a Dark Summer show a late development that again changed my procedures . The group of 80 small works are at the heart of the show, the wall of images is an insight into my visual struggle.

 

 

 


Examples of LATEST WORK from early 2017

Some recent exhibitions

 

 Nick Turner has made a video film of the work of Peter Hicks called "From Dawn to Dusk"

The trailer for the film is on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcTS4-wwRg and

gives an excellent insight into the philosophy and techniques employed by Peter, and the

DVD can be obtained from Nick Turner via www.dawntoduskmovie.com : Email nick.a.turner@gmail.com

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

 

The Gallery - Index of paintings to view on-line

Click on the small pictures for a larger version.

Portfolio 1. Woodland studies of Hutton Mulgrave, Riccal Dale and the Eden Valley

Portfolio 2. Landscapes of Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales

Portfolio 3. Studies of Grosmont Woods and the Esk Valley, near Whitby, North Yorkshire

Portfolio 4. Landscapes of Malham, the Yorkshire Dales

 Portfolio 5. Potpourri of landscapes from North Yorkshire, The Dales and Cumbria and seascapes from the coast near Whitby

(Portfolio 5.  represents a summary of much of Peter's  Northern England work to date whether in acrylic washes or mixed media paintings)

Portfolio 6. Work based on the coast near St Ives, Cornwall

Portfolio 7. Further studies from Hutton Mulgrave, Eskdale & Esk Valley

 Portfolio 8. Fragments studies based on the ruins of Kirkham Priory and other medieval monastic buildings

Portfolio 9. Latest work 2009 and preparation for Messum's Exhibition Jan 2010

Portfolio 10. Winter Scenes 2009-2010

Portfolio 11. Examples of Peter's 2011-2012 work

Portfolio 12. Studies for 'Landscapes for a dark summer'

Portfolio 13 INDULGENCES (work from May 2012)

Portfolio 14 Latest work at the Coast Gallery, Claughton, near Scarborough

Portfolio 15 Studies from Gordale Scar, Yorkshire Dales

Portfolio 16 A series of small paintings for part of a 2017 Retrospective Exhibition

Portfolio 17 Selection of new work from early 2017

Some of Peter's NEW WORK in Portfolios 14 and 15 were shown in the 'COAST GALLERY'

and the rest will be shown in the 'Dales National Park Gallery', Hawes in April 2016

3a. Esk Valley. ~ 45cm x 15cm watercolour

5b. Cleveland ravine, between Scaling Dam and Dalehouse (only visible in late Autumn). ~ 70cm x 60cm acrylics"I chose to concern myself as a painter with landscape as a means through which to communicate ideas, feelings and aspirations - out of a need and towards some kind of fulfilment. My perception is caught between figuration and abstraction. I pare away specific things and work with the basic forces of my subject - its moods, light, rhythmic 'lie-of-the-land' and atmosphere." Peter M. Hicks

The inspiration for Peter Hicks painting work is strongly derived from the landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the eastern seascapes of North Yorkshire and Northumbria, following the footsteps of other Northumbrian visiting artists including the great Turner.

A Brief Biography

Peter Hicks has pursued 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 known artist, Lilian Colbourn. As a result her work was shown in Cork Street, London.

"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 Hicks

2a. Approaching storm Swaledale. ~ 140cm x 120 acrylics

"In Britain in the early years of the 20th century a rich seam of landscape painting sprang into being - largely informed by the new Modernist Movements in mainland Europe. Paul and John Nash, Graham Sutherland, David Jones, John Piper and Ivan Hitchins amongst many others showed that landscape painting could still be made relevant. My work in a small way is a continuance of that line of development."

"In my landscapes there are no people, animals, farms, fences, walls, gates or clearly identifiable things. Yet this is not a particularly new way of working, Paul Serusier and Cezanne successfully produced landscape paintings made from simple blocks of colour without descriptive information to create the image of landscape, in the late 19th century."

"The reason I work this way is because it gives me the opportunity to instill into the paintings ideas and feelings that concern me on many aspects of life. I work in the belief, like the abstract expressionists, that whatever goes into the painting, must inevitably come out and in the process of time, be felt and hopefully understood."

"The moods, marks and colours that pervade my work and form into familiar images, come from a landscape as much from within as from the one that is visible to all. This way the familiar becomes a gateway through which we can access the less immediately obvious."

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

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!

Peter M. Hicks - Northern Landscape Artist

Assorted paintings - acrylics - mixed media - watercolours - examples of work to view online

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

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Sunlight, Mulgrave Woods (51" x 40") NOT for sale

 

The artist Peter Hicks lives and works in the village of Danby in North Yorkshire in the heart of the North York Moors National Park

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