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 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. read full statement

Location Whitby, Yorkshire