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Dr. Peter Bishop, Hon. President

Oriel Ynys Mon, 2017, at left, Snowdon, 120cm x 215cm, at right Cader Idris triptych 137cm x 350cm. Photo Pete Davis

It was an unexpected pleasure to be invited to become the Honorary President of the Ludlow Art Society. In taking on this role I hope I will be able to make a worthwhile contribution to the Society and its members.

I studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. I graduated from the Slade in 1975 and had my first solo exhibition of Alpine landscapes in a London gallery that Autumn. I then taught art in a girls comprehensive school in south London. In 1980 I relocated to Worcestershire, with my wife, Jenny, where I taught in Redditch. Then in 1983 we moved west to live near Ludlow.

In 1986 I secured a lecturing post at Shrewsbury School of Art where I taught fine art and ran the art history programmes until 2003. During this period I obtained an MA with distinction in the history of art from BIAD. I began my PhD at the Slade School in 1996 but transferred after two years to the School of Art, Aberystwyth University where I was able to do more research at the National Library of Wales. In 2001 I obtained my doctorate, titled, Vision and Revision: Mountain Scenery in Snowdonia 1750 -1880.

I have held ten one person exhibitions over the years, the last on the theme of Cader Idris at MOMA Wales in 2012. Since the mid 1970s my work has been exhibited in many group shows and at various art fairs. I have work in both public and private collections. My painting has been represented by several prestigious galleries and from 1987 to 2008 by the renowned Kilvert Gallery, Ashbrook House, Clyro, Hereford.

Llyn y Cau, Cader Idris, acrylic on paper, 83cm x 177cm

My academic research has continued since studying at Aberystwyth University and it often runs in parallel with my artistic practice. I see both theory and practice as one and the same and each feeds the other. In 2015 my book The Mountains of Snowdonia in Art was published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. In October 2016 I delivered a lecture for the Thomas Pennant Society in Holywell titled Pennant and the Visualisation of Snowdonia. Over the last few years I have given a number of public talks on my work and presentations on artists in Snowdonia. I have written several articles, one of which is to be published in the 2018 summer issue of The British Art Journal.

From 1975 I concentrated on the Alps as my main painting subject. From 1982 I painted a series of landscapes of the Malvern hills and the high hills of Shropshire. Following a solo show of these paintings at the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery in 1987 I decided to specialise in the mountain scenery of Snowdonia. This theme continues with the occasional diversion to places like Gordale Scar.

Whilst my work is mostly shown in Wales and London, I have exhibited widely locally and I have shown at the Gateway Gallery and Gallery 3 in Shrewsbury in three solo shows, 1988, 1993 and 2003. A major solo show at Burford House, Tenbury Wells in 1996 and a group exhibition there in 2001. In 2013 I showed two works in the Ludlow Open. I have taken part in a number of charity exhibitions for various causes and I have opened my Knowbury studio several times for h.Art. Last year I was invited to exhibit for h.Art at Discoed Church by my fellow artist, Simon Dorrell.

Please visit my website to see examples of drawings, watercolours and mixed media works on paper and a selection of paintings, statement and a list of exhibitions on my CV page.

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1 comment:

  1. Hearty Congratulations for being elected as Hony. President of Ludlow Art Society.I am proud of you specially for heaving studied together at the Slade. Keep climbing on your favorite mountain scale the heights with your brush and stay blessed.