Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Peter Brook (1927-2009)   BIOGRAPHY

Old buildings, Brighouse, circa 1970
Framed (ref: 30)
Signed and titled

Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm.)


Provenance: from the artist's own collection

This shows Briggate Street in the late 1960s (now largely altered). Brook changed the name over the shop in homage to William Saroyan (1908-1981), the American author whose stories celebrated optimism in the middle of the trials and difficulties of the Depression era. The figure outside the shop is a portrait of Saroyan. Observing the television aerials, Brook recalls that the late 60s was a period when everyone was tuning into the BBC - in 1965 Brook himself acquired his first television, in exchange for one his paintings.

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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