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Close up details of the surface of the painting

 

This work is inspired by the flat,expansive and mysterious landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fenland…a vast area of open skies and distant horizons, criss crossed by a lattice of artificial waterways…straight as an arrow.

I hope that viewers will be engaged by the layers of colour, texture and surface qualities of this cold wax painting. I hope that they will respond to the physicality of this work, the numerous marks, striations and incisions in the cold wax material.I hope they will enjoy the interaction of disparate surfaces and layers and the sense of time passing through the landscape and through the painting.

This painting reflects a diverse series of influences; from the ‘art povera’ movement, through minimalism, expressionism and colour field painting.

New video of me painting in my art studio and playing the banjo in claw hammer style. I hope you like it!

Tweet me @petecorrart

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I have 3 paintings in the COAX Annual Exhibition 2016, come along and take a look at over 600 works on display….today and tomorrow only!

http://www.coax.org.uk/art-awards.html

The Preview Reception took place on Friday18th November at 6.30pm and the Awards Ceremony was opened by local MP Heidi Allen.

Free entry over the weekend with plenty of parking.

Times:
Friday (Preview reception): 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Exhibiting artists compete for the Cambridge Art Awards with a top prize of £500, runners-up awards of framing prizes kindly provided by Milton based HMC Framing and this year the Top Twenty chosen artists will go forward to a two week exhibition at the Babylon Gallery in Ely.

Interviewer Frankie Lowe of Cambridge TV discussing the new exhibition  ‘Cambridge Envisaged’ with Peter Corr at the Michaelhouse Centre today. The interview can be seen on Thursday evening and also includes talks with artists Paul Janssens and Caroline Forward.

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Details of the upcoming exhibition of work by Caroline Forward, Peter Corr and Paul Janssens in the November issue of the Cambridge Magazine.

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Cambridge Magazine November 2016

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=6bcc1a8d-b81c-45a0-82a1-21ca60791e2d

 

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‘Mercurial’ is a painting I have just completed for the ‘Cambridge Envisaged’ Exhibition; the composition, structure and style closely follows the other images in the series. I have retained the square format, recurring geometric shapes and warm tonality seen in previous works. The influence of American abstract expressionism is visible in the flatness and absence of overt representation; at the same time I have tried to convey a sense of the architectural qualities of the city of Cambridge. The painting is designed as a bridge between two different vantage points, an aerial or plan view of  buildings, rivers and parks and a vertical ‘stacking’ of these interconnected and interchangeable motifs.  The Cubists kaleidoscopic rendering of physical objects and space has liberated us all to see the world through our own eyes and intuition.

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‘Mercurial’ Close up detail

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Delighted to learn that the website for ‘Headstart Day Nursery’ has been nominated in the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 category for School, Education & Charity. The website is one of 6 recently designed by Catfish Web Design & Cambridge Marketing Consultancy for a group of private nurseries across the UK. Why am I telling you this? It has been my privilege to be the photographer for Cambridge Marketing Consultancy working on these and other projects.

http://headstartnurseryoadby.com/

I thought I would tell you something about my working process. My studio is a partially converted garage; I used to work alongside bikes, washing machines, lawnmowers and assorted gardening equipment but since I started to work on a larger scale, this became increasingly problematic. I was also receiving too many complaints about the paint marks on the ‘white goods’. Every painter needs space!

The inspiration for this series – based on the city of Cambridge – came from my many visits to the town. As a photographer, I must have taken literally hundreds of photographs of the streets and  college buildings and I believe I know the city extremely well. I have always admired the paintings of German artist Anselm Kiefer and I am aware that he often begins many of his large scale pieces by working over photographs. I began each of these paintings by working over small monochrome prints, using them as a sort of visual trigger or catalyst. I also included a range of collage elements to generate compositional possibilities and ideas. The fact that none of the original photographs are visible in the final painting is immaterial; they played the important role of ‘icebreaker’ and opened the way for new avenues to be explored.

 

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