Brief Bio and Artist Statement.
Peter Cunningham was born in Birmingham in 1951, in the industrial midlands of England. By 1963 his family had moved from the city to the Staffordshire countryside. Experiencing these two contrasting environments (industrial and rural), during formative years, prooved to be an influential factor in the ongoing development of his art and his choice of subject. Peter trained at Stafford College of Art and Design, and went on to do a vocational course in Fine Art Painting at the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting, in London. With his formal education behind him, Peter (with his wife Gail) set up a studio in their first home, a converted canal narrowboat. In 1984 Peter and his family moved to Canada. He is now a Canadian citizen and lives in Ottawa, Ontario, working at his busy Bells Corners studio.
He is currently represented by galleries in Ottawa and Saint John, NB and is included in many private collections in Canada, England and the United States.
.....” My art reflects my long personal journey of discovery through life.
My seemingly random subjects are in fact small pieces of that intimate mosaic that reflects my personal vision. Be it on a visual, spiritual or emotional level, there is always something in the subject that speaks to me and my experience and it is that discourse, that dialogue, that I strive to interpret. My perception, my emotional response and the unsure nature of the process, is where the art is formed. The struggle, the adventure, is in trying to express that response to the subject within the constraints of the medium. When I set out on this path some 46 years ago, it was without a map or GPS, just my learnt skills with the tools of my craft, the guiding example of my mentors and the whole staggering history of Art behind me. It’s an exciting, daunting, frustrating, fulfilling and always wondrous journey, where every splash of colour, every problem resolved, and every triumph achieved, is one more step along the road, one more mile on the brush...”