Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Peter Brook (1927-2009)   BIOGRAPHY

Canal Basin, Brighouse, circa 1967, with later additions
Framed (ref: 589)

Rretitled Peter Brook with his dog - never did like the water. But sheep! Yes!, 2007, signed and titled

Oil on canvas, 50 x 20 in. (127 x 50.8 cm.)


 Exhibited: The John Moores Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1967
Provenance: from the artist's private collection

Brook has always seen his paintings as works that are evolving; through them he is visiting and revisiting the familiar subjects that make up his world. His desire to rework his old compositions,in this case adding his own portrait and that of his dog Shep, is a natural part of this evolution. Describing his own work, Brook uses the analogy of the practice of Bob Dylan, who frequently reworks the lyrics and harmonies of his earlier work.

We are grateful to David Walker and Peter Brook for assistance.

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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