Peter Michael Hicks

Peter Michael Hicks

Concepts
I chose to concern myself as a painter with landscape as a means through which to communicate ideas, feelings and aspirations because it has been the back-cloth to key moments in my life - early childhood, personal loss, moments of achievement. The patina of my thinking makes use of the corresponding range of moods and colour nuances in landscape, particularly when specific elements such
as trees, buildings, etc. are only defined as colour. I work thematically once I've established some familiarity with my subject. I pare away specific things and work with the basic forces of my subject, its moods, light, rhythmic 'lie-of-the-land' and atmosphere.
'In Yorkshire the name of Peter Hicks is almost synonymous with paintings of the North Yorkshire moors. His sweeping landscapes of the moors in all seasons and weathers describe and explore the fall of light and cloud-shadow over immense rolling distances. Although his paintings are usually specific to particular places on the moor, they are abstracted in the making until their poetic, visionary qualities become uppermost. The layered depths in these landscapes correspond to the layers of memory and association connected with the familiar places. Hicks knows the land so well that the moors, in all their guises, have become a metaphor for intimations of hope and harmony that are only to be found in nature. His paintings incorporate both an experienced reality and an exploration of his feelings. For him, as for John Constable, 'painting is but another word for feeling'. He owes his artistic allegiance to the great English landscape artists, especially Turner, and is quick to defend the continuing relevance of landscape painting as a vehicle for expressing ideas and feeling that can find a universal appeal'.
Quote from' the elemental north' exhibition Messem's - text by Jenny Pery - Author and Art Historian
Influences
Spirituality/Religion, Landscape, Emotions, 20th century art practice
Career path
1990 MA Fine Art, Newcastle Polytechnic, Northumbria (distinction) 1960 AIC, Leeds College of Art 1959 NDD Painting, Middlesbrough College of Art
Solo exhibitions
1988 University of Picardy, Amiens, France
1993 Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr 1994 Castlegate House, Cockermouth
1995 Stonegate Gallery, York
1996 The Gallery, Gateshead
1996 Myles Meeham Gallery, Darlington
1998 Washington, County Durham
2001 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford
2003 Michael Pybus Fine Arts, Whitby
2005 Minster Gallery, York
Group exhibitions
1991 'British Art Month' Roy Miles Gallery, Mayfair, London
1994 Turners Legacy, Contact Gallery, Norwich
1995 Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr
1998 Yorkshire Artists, York City Art Gallery
1999 'Land, Sea, & Sky, Myles Meeham Gallery 2000 Ryedale Music Festival, Helmsley
2003 Art Connections, Pannett Gallery, Whitby
2004 The Caedmon Group, Eton College 2005 Alresford Gallery, Winchester
2005 Messum's, Cork Street, London
2006 Michael Pybus Fine Arts - Whitby
2006 Corrymella Scott Gallery - Jesmond - Newcastle
2008 "Worlds Apart" The Lund Gallery, Easingwold, North Yorkshire
2008 "One Moment" Exhibition Galanthus Gallery, Wormbridge, Hereford
2008 'Art Connections' Eton College
Work can be seen at
www.axisweb.org
www.petermhicks.co.uk
Lund Gallery, York
Fee Fi Fo Fum Gallery, Northumberland
2008 Turnstone Gallery, Sandsend, Nr Whitby, North Yorkshire (from October)
Features and articles
Observer Newspaper - Year of the Arts - Northern Arts 1996
Newcastle Journal - Year of the Arts - Northern Arts -1996
Work features on BBC & ITV - Year of the Arts 1996
ITV Friday Live 1999
2000 ITV Dales Diary
2000 Interviews on a number of other regional programmes
New Film of Peter working in the Esk Valley
2008 Book on Peter Hicks life and work 2008
Forthcoming exhibitions
2009 West Dean College, Sussex

The Origins of Peter's Work Much of Peter's work is derived from the landscape of the North York Moors and its coastline, and the Yorkshire Dales, but Peter has also has painted in other parts of the country namely St Ives, Cornwall - Dorset, and during recent years in Herefordshire.
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Location Whitby, Yorkshire