Peter Westcott (1947 – UK)
Peter Westcott communicates with society by means of water. With thin layers of oil paint, his brushes create the phenomenon of vast expanses of water. They translate his passionate emotions into all manifestations of seas and oceans. Sometimes savagely ominous, sometimes inviting, meditatively serene and always intensely intriguing.
“I paint the mysticism, the powers and strengths surrounding us in the infinite spectrum of nature and the consequent emotions for mankind. My choice of medium is the mother of nature: the ocean”.
From the moment he was born in Birmingham, Peter had a passion for the ocean. He grew up a child of the water on the rugged south coast of England. At a young age he had a sketchbook in his hand to try and catch the miracle of water in pencil lines. Straining to place the material totally into the service of the miracle of the ocean, his future has already been decided at that moment. First the renowned Coventry College of Art, next the mecca of art: London. He works with the sculptor Michael Sandel at the English National Opera as stage painter and at the famous J.M. Dents&Sons as illustrator. Painters like Turner, Hobbema, Crone, de Wint and Paul Nash influence his work which grows from realistic to passionately abstract.
A visit to the northern coast of Cornwall in 1987 lead to a life changing experience. From this time on Peter linked his fate and inspiration to the ocean. He paints his emotional stories enveloped in the waves, rollers and foam. He paints water as only a single, special talent can. As the source of life is entitled to, masterly, delicate, majestic, unpredictable, mysterious and brimming with emotion.
Solo exhibitions have taken Peter Westcott’s works all over the world in galleries like: ; Hammersmith & Jones Gallery (San Francisco-USA), White Art Gallery and Upperstreet Gallery (Londen-UK), Window Gallery (Brighton-UK), The Obsession of Art (Bergen-NL) and the Holland Art Fair (Den Haag-NL).
In continental Europe Peter Westcott is exclusively represented by The Obsession of Art.