Pete studied at Portsmouth College of Art in the late 80’s, East London and Wimbledon School of Art in the early 90’s before settling back in Portsmouth. Trained as a sculptor and spent two decades on award winning public art projects and sculpture commissions. In his home town he is best known for his One Million Pebbles on Southsea Beach, his designs for the city centre Arundel Street Precinct, the John Pounds Community Centre in Portsea and Saint Edmund’s School gates.
An Arts Council Award in 2010 helped him to concentrate on the basics of drawing as his main studio practice. A Cornaro Fellowship at Cyprus School of Art in 2011, international travels, teaching and Artist Residencies has helped to build this new body of work on paper.
He has sold work into private collections around the World and was short-listed for seven different national competitions in 2017. He was in the Top Ten of The National Open Art Competition’s 2017 World Art Vote and their Artist in Residence at The Oxo Towers Barge House London. His first major Solo exhibition of drawings was held at The North Wall Gallery, Oxford 2017.
His Naivety Drawing, which will be shown here at Jack House, won the Osanna and The Bezalel Prizes at The Chaiya Art Awards in London in 2018.
He is ‘The Hermitage Artist in Residence’ in the Bell Tower of Portsmouth Cathedral 2018, funded by Arts Council England, this Autumn and Winter.