My work has progressed over the years from a particular interest in the figure, usually in a landscape, to pure abstraction and then to a loose still-life abstraction, leading to a series using the simple shape of the table as a starting point. My paintings are often figurative in that they refer to objects – but because they are not copies of nature, they are also abstract to the degree necessary for paintings. My work is not a rich vibrant seduction of colour, nor does it celebrate mystery, magic or love, rather it has to start with something speculative. The mark-making, the scraping, the layering and the removal of paint, the wet-in-wet painting, are not conscious techniques but necessary means of reaching that moment when a work is "right", when it becomes singular and particular _ additions, subtractions and revisions may then eventually turn out as something worth keeping, and it is during this process that memory, landscape, music, poetry, doodles, dreams, ploughed fields, crop up to inform my work, and to lend it a certain mood. The titles of the paintings sometimes refer to this.
CV & Education
Peter Arscott was born in Lima, Peru in 1954. He came to school in England at 13 and later studied at Bristol University before moving to Barcelona where he worked as a teacher and had a number of solo and group exhibitions until 1983 when he returned to live in London, working as a Blue Badge guide and exhibiting at various galleries. He now lives in Herefordshire and has a pottery studio in Ledbury. He is a founder and a director of the Ledbury Poetry Festival and is involved in the arts locally.
2016 – Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2014 – Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2010 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2009 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Galanthus Gallery, Herefordshire - solo
2008 - Muse, Edgarmodern, Bath - group
2007 - RWA Open Autumn Exhibition, Bristol
2006 - hArt Group Show, Hereford Art Gallery. RWA Sculpture Exhibition, Bristol
2005 - Landscape & Topography (with Andrea McLean), Hereford Art Gallery
2004 - Jerwood Drawing Prize - touring