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Peter Corr

Joined Artfinder: Nov. 2014

Artworks for sale: 116

(4)

United Kingdom

About Peter Corr

 
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  • Biography

    I have been actively involved in the world of art and indeed art education for most of my professional career; I believe passionately in the power of art to transform both ourselves, the way we think about the world and the environment in which we live. Although originally from the UK, I have spent many years living and working abroad and have enjoyed friendships with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Yet, truthfully, we all share the same hopes and dreams. I spent many years in Germany and Cyprus and most recently, I lived in the city of Doha in Qatar.

    As a painter, I have always been fascinated by the movement towards abstract art and the progressive simplification of subject matter, form and colour. Indeed, most of my work occupies that transitional space between figuration and abstraction. The flat surface of the picture plane is something that I try to preserve whilst simultaneously employing pictorial devices that contribute to the sense of space and depth. You would be correct in assuming that there is always a tension between the traditional notion of illusionistic perspective and the representation of the canvas as a 'flat' object or 2 dimensional design.  I think this explains why in much of my work I don't attempt to describe a particular place or geographical location. I am more interested in the role played by experiences, events, feelings, the colours and the textures that form the visual backdrop to our lives. I often try to achieve contrasting sensations and impressions, feelings of time passing and notions of eternity. In particular, I am very interested in concepts associated with tranquillity, serenity and meditation. I am also intensely aware of the dominance of lens based imagery and the seductive power of the camera to capture extraordinary levels of visual detail and information. I am a keen photographer and I love working with the photographic image, but in my painting, I consciously try to avoid using the mechanical recording efficiency of the camera. 

    Contrast is a key element in my work; saturated and restrained colour, deliberation and chance, spontaneous gesture, land and sky, heaven and earth, translucency, smooth and rough, quiet and loud, light and dark, thoughts, ideas and feelings...............I am attracted by the interplay of opposing values. 

    I am also quite philosophical about what I do and, whist I am aware of the pitfalls of assigning too much weight and importance to ideas, I know - as most of us do - that the visible world is only the outer layer that confronts our eyes. When we begin to talk about seeing and perception, we quickly realise that what we imagine we see is only a small part of the story. We see in relation to ourselves, our past, and the events that shape us as individuals. If my paintings have an uncertain quality then I may have made some progress; nothing in our world stays the same, nothing is fixed. 

    This is where the real magic and power of art resides, in the alchemy of materials, memory, awareness and feeling.  This is why painting is ultimately so rewarding. 

    I hope you will find qualities in my painting that give you pleasure and enjoyment.


  • Links
  • Education

    2001 - 2004

    Open University

    1973 - 1974

    Liverpool University

    1971 - 1973

    Manchester College of Art

  • Awards

    2018

    Artist in Residence, New Forest 2 week residency

    The Little Van Gogh Residency is in its second year, offering an artist space and a concentrated period for independent work and creative risk-taking. This opportunity is intended to nurture advances in artistic process, free from the pressures and expectations of their usual practice.

    The impact of a residency often reaches well beyond the session itself. Co-judge Tim Craven, curator at Southampton City Art Gallery explains,

    “Being able to experience a new environment is a brilliant way for artists to kick start new ideas. The launch of Little Van Gogh’s residency will have a highly positive impact on the development of all the artists who take part.”

    The Little Van Gogh Residency will take place in April 2018, accommodating an artist in the New Forest National Park for the development of their creative practice.

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    2014

    Artist of the Month: Visual Art Trader

    Artist of the Month: February 2014

    http://www.visualarttrader.co.uk/artist_of_the_month.htm
  • Upcoming Events

    There are no upcoming events

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    Previous events

    Event: Painting & Photography: Peter Corr

    Dates: July 18, 2019 - Aug. 19, 2019

    Venue: The Locker Cafe, 54 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LN

    A collection of recent Paintings & Photography by Peter Corr

    Event: Explore

    Dates: Oct. 4, 2018 - Oct. 28, 2018

    Venue: THE OLD FIRE ENGINE HOUSE, St. Marys Street, ELY, Cambs.CB7 4ER

    Group Exhibition with Paul Janssens, Caroline Forward & Peter Corr
    Exhibition Dates: 4th – 28th Oct 2018
    The Old Fire Engine House Restaurant & Gallery
    25 St Mary's Street, Ely, CB7 4ER. 01353 662582

    Event: Abstraction & Landscape

    Dates: Jan. 11, 2017 - Feb. 10, 2017

    Venue: Pump Court Tax Chambers, London 16 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4EF

    Pump Court Tax Chambers, London
    16 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4EF

    Event: COAX Top Twenty : Selected Exhibition Babylon Gallery, Ely

    Dates: Dec. 2, 2016 - Dec. 18, 2016

    Venue: Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire

    The annual Cambridge Open Art Exhibition held at Swavesey Village College attracts around 100 amateur and professional artists submitting more than 300 works of art. On 18 November, a panel of independent judges will selected a Top Twenty from these works to go forward to a separate exhibition, this year to be held at the Babylon Gallery.

    The works adhere to no set theme so expect a wide variety of art in an assortment of mediums. In the past, this exhibition has been very popular and many of the works get snapped up so do

    Event: COAX Cambridge Open Art Exhibition 2016

    Dates: Nov. 18, 2016 - Nov. 20, 2016

    Venue: Swavesey Village College, Swavesey, Cambs

    Cambridgeshire's major independent Open Art Exhibition featuring contemporary and traditional paintings, sculpture and prints, and the Cambridge Art Awards.

    Event: Cambridge Envisaged

    Dates: Nov. 6, 2016 - Nov. 20, 2016

    Venue: The Michaelhouse Centre, St Michael’s Church, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU

    Group exhibition in Cambridge, UK

    Artists include: Peter Corr, Paul Janssens and Caroline Forward
    Private View Monday 7th November 6:30 to 8:30 all welcome

    To see an interview on Cambridge Television with Peter Corr and the other artists please click on the link below.
    http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/the-mac-episode-61/

    Event: Ernst & Young London Offices

    Dates: Oct. 26, 2016 - Dec. 15, 2016

    Venue: Ernst & Young London Offices, 6 More London Place, London SE1

    Fenland Series
    Ernst & Young London Offices
    Level 20
    6 More London Place, London SE1

    Event: MetLife, Citi Group Tower in Canary Wharf on Level 33, 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LB

    Dates: June 26, 2016 - Aug. 26, 2016

    Venue: MetLife, MetLife, Citi Group Tower in Canary Wharf on Level 33, 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LB

    Collection of 12 Paintings

    Event: IVC PSFA 55th Annual Art Exhibition

    Dates: April 20, 2016 - May 20, 2016

    Venue: IVC PSFA 55th Annual Art Exhibition, Impington, New Road Cambridge CB24 9LX

    Group Art Exhibition
    Walter Gropius Hall and the Promenade

    Event: The Light Series

    Dates: April 17, 2016 - June 29, 2016

    Venue: NAAP Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge Science Park, UK

    NAPP Pharmaceuticals, Head Offices


    Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, UK

    Event: Cambridge Open Art Exhibition

    Dates: Nov. 28, 2015 - Nov. 29, 2015

    Venue: Cambridge Open Art Exhibition, Swavesey Village College

    ART at The Atrium presents the annual exhibition of contemporary and traditional work for sale by artists from across Cambridgeshire – and beyond.

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Links


Education

2001 - 2004

Open University

1973 - 1974

Liverpool University

1971 - 1973

Manchester College of Art


Awards

2018

Artist in Residence, New Forest 2 week residency

The Little Van Gogh Residency is in its second year, offering an artist space and a concentrated period for independent work and creative risk-taking. This opportunity is intended to nurture advances in artistic process, free from the pressures and expectations of their usual practice.

The impact of a residency often reaches well beyond the session itself. Co-judge Tim Craven, curator at Southampton City Art Gallery explains,

“Being able to experience a new environment is a brilliant way for artists to kick start new ideas. The launch of Little Van Gogh’s residency will have a highly positive impact on the development of all the artists who take part.”

The Little Van Gogh Residency will take place in April 2018, accommodating an artist in the New Forest National Park for the development of their creative practice.

Show more awardsHide

2014

Artist of the Month: Visual Art Trader

Artist of the Month: February 2014

http://www.visualarttrader.co.uk/artist_of_the_month.htm

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: Painting & Photography: Peter Corr

Dates: July 18, 2019 - Aug. 19, 2019

Venue: The Locker Cafe, 54 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LN

A collection of recent Paintings & Photography by Peter Corr

Event: Explore

Dates: Oct. 4, 2018 - Oct. 28, 2018

Venue: THE OLD FIRE ENGINE HOUSE, St. Marys Street, ELY, Cambs.CB7 4ER

Group Exhibition with Paul Janssens, Caroline Forward & Peter Corr
Exhibition Dates: 4th – 28th Oct 2018
The Old Fire Engine House Restaurant & Gallery
25 St Mary's Street, Ely, CB7 4ER. 01353 662582

Event: Abstraction & Landscape

Dates: Jan. 11, 2017 - Feb. 10, 2017

Venue: Pump Court Tax Chambers, London 16 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4EF

Pump Court Tax Chambers, London
16 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4EF

Event: COAX Top Twenty : Selected Exhibition Babylon Gallery, Ely

Dates: Dec. 2, 2016 - Dec. 18, 2016

Venue: Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire

The annual Cambridge Open Art Exhibition held at Swavesey Village College attracts around 100 amateur and professional artists submitting more than 300 works of art. On 18 November, a panel of independent judges will selected a Top Twenty from these works to go forward to a separate exhibition, this year to be held at the Babylon Gallery.

The works adhere to no set theme so expect a wide variety of art in an assortment of mediums. In the past, this exhibition has been very popular and many of the works get snapped up so do

Event: COAX Cambridge Open Art Exhibition 2016

Dates: Nov. 18, 2016 - Nov. 20, 2016

Venue: Swavesey Village College, Swavesey, Cambs

Cambridgeshire's major independent Open Art Exhibition featuring contemporary and traditional paintings, sculpture and prints, and the Cambridge Art Awards.

Event: Cambridge Envisaged

Dates: Nov. 6, 2016 - Nov. 20, 2016

Venue: The Michaelhouse Centre, St Michael’s Church, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Group exhibition in Cambridge, UK

Artists include: Peter Corr, Paul Janssens and Caroline Forward
Private View Monday 7th November 6:30 to 8:30 all welcome

To see an interview on Cambridge Television with Peter Corr and the other artists please click on the link below.
http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/the-mac-episode-61/

Event: Ernst & Young London Offices

Dates: Oct. 26, 2016 - Dec. 15, 2016

Venue: Ernst & Young London Offices, 6 More London Place, London SE1

Fenland Series
Ernst & Young London Offices
Level 20
6 More London Place, London SE1

Event: MetLife, Citi Group Tower in Canary Wharf on Level 33, 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LB

Dates: June 26, 2016 - Aug. 26, 2016

Venue: MetLife, MetLife, Citi Group Tower in Canary Wharf on Level 33, 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LB

Collection of 12 Paintings

Event: IVC PSFA 55th Annual Art Exhibition

Dates: April 20, 2016 - May 20, 2016

Venue: IVC PSFA 55th Annual Art Exhibition, Impington, New Road Cambridge CB24 9LX

Group Art Exhibition
Walter Gropius Hall and the Promenade

Event: The Light Series

Dates: April 17, 2016 - June 29, 2016

Venue: NAAP Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge Science Park, UK

NAPP Pharmaceuticals, Head Offices


Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, UK

Event: Cambridge Open Art Exhibition

Dates: Nov. 28, 2015 - Nov. 29, 2015

Venue: Cambridge Open Art Exhibition, Swavesey Village College

ART at The Atrium presents the annual exhibition of contemporary and traditional work for sale by artists from across Cambridgeshire – and beyond.


 

Biography

I have been actively involved in the world of art and indeed art education for most of my professional career; I believe passionately in the power of art to transform both ourselves, the way we think about the world and the environment in which we live. Although originally from the UK, I have spent many years living and working abroad and have enjoyed friendships with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Yet, truthfully, we all share the same hopes and dreams. I spent many years in Germany and Cyprus and most recently, I lived in the city of Doha in Qatar.

As a painter, I have always been fascinated by the movement towards abstract art and the progressive simplification of subject matter, form and colour. Indeed, most of my work occupies that transitional space between figuration and abstraction. The flat surface of the picture plane is something that I try to preserve whilst simultaneously employing pictorial devices that contribute to the sense of space and depth. You would be correct in assuming that there is always a tension between the traditional notion of illusionistic perspective and the representation of the canvas as a 'flat' object or 2 dimensional design.  I think this explains why in much of my work I don't attempt to describe a particular place or geographical location. I am more interested in the role played by experiences, events, feelings, the colours and the textures that form the visual backdrop to our lives. I often try to achieve contrasting sensations and impressions, feelings of time passing and notions of eternity. In particular, I am very interested in concepts associated with tranquillity, serenity and meditation. I am also intensely aware of the dominance of lens based imagery and the seductive power of the camera to capture extraordinary levels of visual detail and information. I am a keen photographer and I love working with the photographic image, but in my painting, I consciously try to avoid using the mechanical recording efficiency of the camera. 

Contrast is a key element in my work; saturated and restrained colour, deliberation and chance, spontaneous gesture, land and sky, heaven and earth, translucency, smooth and rough, quiet and loud, light and dark, thoughts, ideas and feelings...............I am attracted by the interplay of opposing values. 

I am also quite philosophical about what I do and, whist I am aware of the pitfalls of assigning too much weight and importance to ideas, I know - as most of us do - that the visible world is only the outer layer that confronts our eyes. When we begin to talk about seeing and perception, we quickly realise that what we imagine we see is only a small part of the story. We see in relation to ourselves, our past, and the events that shape us as individuals. If my paintings have an uncertain quality then I may have made some progress; nothing in our world stays the same, nothing is fixed. 

This is where the real magic and power of art resides, in the alchemy of materials, memory, awareness and feeling.  This is why painting is ultimately so rewarding. 

I hope you will find qualities in my painting that give you pleasure and enjoyment.


 
 
 
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