ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kenyan born, Peter Blackwell has been intrigued by Africa's environments and its exceptional diversity all his life. Raised on a remote farm in Northern Kenya, the African bush was Peter's outdoor arena for entertainment and learning.
Formally educated in England, where he received a degree in Graphic Design, Peter was keen to return to his roots to pursue a career not related to the advertising world, but to focus on the bush and continue on a longtime interest, that of wildlife painting.
Virtually self taught in the area of fine art, Peter built up a reputation as a watercolour bird specialist, gaining acclaim for his ability to bring to life his feathered subjects, with incredible character interpretations, distinctive detail to bold and iridescent colours and the fine intricate work of precise feathering.
Gradually Peter included animals and landscapes as well as oils into his portfolio, all with the same great care and individuality as his bird pieces. Today he centres his attention on all the aspects of the African landscape. His originals range from pieces only a few inches in dimensions to several feet, in mixed mediums.
Peter spends many weeks of the year in the bush, where he not only obtains the reference material necessary to create his works, but also to study his subjects. His painting style, though realistic, also suggests an unconventional flavour as he constantly strives to create original works that are anatomically accurate, yet at the same time are fresh and innovative.
Shadows and golden light too, so much a part of the African make-up is of particular interest to him, and play key roles in his work. Also a professional photographer, Peter finds his photographs help not only in referencing the colours and subjects, but a photographer's eye helps in the overall aesthetics of a painting's layout and appeal.
Peter as been painting professionally for over twenty years. He has completed countless commissions and held over twenty successful one man shows since 1987 in Nairobi and London. Peter has also been successfully introducing his work to the American market with excellent results. His work has been reproduced in two limited edition print sets, canvas prints and stationery and has been used by several conservation groups for fund-raising events. His paintings held in private and corporate collections can be found in America, Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, Kenya, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Each of Peter's works is an attempt to capture even brief moments of Africa's beauty, and it is his wish that each piece may offer unique insights into the Africa he knows.
Support for Conservation:
- Limited Edition Print Set offered for fund raising to Wildlize - for the Mara Conservancy, Kenya.
- Limited Edition Print Set offered for fund raising to Rhino Ark, Kenya.
- Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association