Peter Ford - Artist
Summary    Resumé    Curating

winter sunBeginnings
Peter has been engaged full time in artistic activities for more than thirty-five years, after twelve years as a teacher. Initially he made etchings – landscapes, still lifes and imaginative images. Peter used other techniques too – linocuts and woodcuts for example, all within the range of traditional printmaking, producing editions and sometimes monoprints He was successful with much of this early work through participation in national and international exhibitions and through the promotion of his editioned work by dealers. Although this is long ago, many of the plates and the works still exist. Another story could be told about his work as an independent exhibition organiser, from 1989 to the present time. Some exhibitions were shown only in Bristol, others toured in the British Isles.

equation 1Turning Point

In 1994 Peter received a prize which gave him a four-week residency at Lowick House Printmaking Workshop in Cumbria. The period spent there, with an assistant, allowed him to work on a larger scale. It also led to a change of direction when a more abstract tendency in his work, which had always been present, became predominant. He began to explore colour processes and also to discover imagery through the activity rather than working from a plan. From that time onwards his starting points have usually been from ideas only half formed and the rest results from the process of doing.

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Paper Making
Another significant turning point in 1994 was the introduction to papermaking from Maureen Richardson, a professional papermaker and a generous teacher and friend. After an introductory course she subsequently invited Peter to use her papermaking workshop in Herefordshire. Experiments with paper and print processes continue to be a major preoccupation.

Flying ColoursCurrently
Peter usually has several projects in hand at any one time. Since his first residency in China (October 2009) Peter has re-focussed on etching. A series of colour variants with the general title of ‘Erosion’ is still developing. In addition he has taken a new interest in watercolour on Asian paper..

His work can be seen regularly in group shows at Bankside Gallery, London, the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol which he started with his partner, Christine, in 1987.