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Peter Brook (1927-2009)   BIOGRAPHY

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Ruins in a Classical Cornish Landscape, 1978
Framed (ref: 27)
Signed, dated and inscribed with title

Oil on canvas, 24 x 40 in. (61 x 101.6 cm.)


 


Provenance: the artist's studio

In the 1970s, Rodney Bewes (the likely lad) frequently lent Brook his cottage on the Lizard in Cornwall. From there Brook produced a remarkable cycle of paintings, the majority of which have never been shown before. 'I loved the sea and when I saw the remains of the Tin Mines with their tall chimneys I felt I must record them. For two or three years we returned and I thought it was a wonderful area for an artist brought up in the Industrial West Riding'. Letter to Paul Liss, 14 December 2003. Throughout his life, Peter Brook has remained entirely consistent in his vision. Whilst a comparison is sometimes made with Lowry and to an extent with his friend and fellow artist Carel Weight, the technique he has developed and his personal involvement with landscape are entirely his own.



Peter Brook (1927-2009)

Painter, born in Holmfirth, Yorkshire. After Barnsley Grammar School he attended Huddersfield School of Art and Goldsmiths College of Art. He was one of Jack Beddington's chosen Young Artists of Promise, in the 1957 book of that title. Initially Brook painted industrial scenes, then from the 1960s Pennine rural landscapes, especially winter scenes, and from 1980 Scottish and Lancashire landscapes. Between 1979 and 1983 he completed 52 paintings of Hannah Hauxwell. He was elected RBA in 1962. In 1960 he had a solo show at Wakefield City Art Gallery; from 1968-72 he was contracted to Agnews, with seven solo shows, two in Palm Springs, California, and two in Adelaide, Australia. In 1990 a retrospective of his work was held at Brighouse Art Galleries. Many notable celebrities own Brook's pictures, including James Mason, Tommy Steele, Alan Ladd, and Keith Barron.

Throughout his life, Peter Brook has remained stylistically consistent. Whilst a comparison is sometimes made with Lowry and to an extent with his friend Carel Weight, the technique he has developed and his personal involvement with landscape are entirely his own.

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