(selected by Liz Aston)
Bardd Cwsg - The Sleeping Bard, 2004
Peter Finnemore describes his artistic practice as involving a form of internal gardening, a cultivation of the dark damp soil of the imagination. The key themes of his work are situated around visual explorations based on Wales identity: its landscape, its history, its culture, and its spiritual and emotional depth.
Finnemore, (b. Llanelli, Wales 1963) studied at Glasgow School of Art (1984-1988) and the University of Michigan (MFA in Photography 1992 - 94). He has exhibited in one-person shows in Wales, Scotland, England and the United States and in numerous group shows in Britain, Europe and the United States.
He has received a number of awards including winner (joint) of the Eighth Oriel Mostyn Open Exhibition in 1996 and a Creative Wales Award in 2003. Finnemore will represent Wales at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.
The phenomena of earth, water, fire, air, light and stone are recurring subjects within my artistic enquiry - simple and elemental, they contain deep mystery. They possess primordial essence which... read on
Flying Under the Radar
I first saw the dream-like photographs Peter Finnemore made at his home in rural western Wales when we were both graduate students in America. The alchemy of light in the rich interplay of tones,... read on
Travel over the Unfathomable is the Only Condition
The invention of photographic optics has recovered the status of lenses from their supposedly objective role in modern culture. In the work of Peter Finnemore, the alchemists quest to reconcile... read on