PETER WRAY RE    

 Peter Wray was trained as a painter, extending his practice into printmaking in the early 1970s, after being exposed to the richness and unique expressive power of the intaglio surface. With his background in painting, and being largely self-taught as a printmaker, the integration of painterly methodology into the graphic process was a natural development, and it is this combination of approach which gives his work its distinctive style:- "prints about painting, and paintings about prints". His influences are many: semi-religious symbols remembered from a Catholic childhood; the exquisite, accidental, sculptural imagery of the allotment garden; graffiti, and cave paintings enjoyed on travels abroad; the childhood fascination with the 'printed' images of fossils found in the shale tips near his home; early memories of coal-mining and, later, steelworks industries, where numbers, shapes, words and marks chalked on oxidizing steel panels held a mystery of meaning which continues to weave its spell for him.. Music has been a major influence: Irish traditional music in particular has made a deep and lasting impression, with its melodies providing a counterpoint for all kinds of musical adventures which underpin it and are held within it. He loves to explore the question, - what is important: the dominant melody, or those qualities which contain it or are contained within it? There is no such thing as "just a tune", as there is no such thing as "just a drawing". All of this is combined with a rejoicing in the qualities of materials and process and the 'joy' of making.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Born 27th October 1950, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham

Teacher/Lecturer with 30+ years' successful teaching experience;

Practising artist and researcher with national profile;

Exhibited in UK, Europe, USA, Australia, Russia and Japan;

Four times national prizewinner;

Featured in "Who's who in Art?", 1994 onwards

Education:

1990 -1992: Leeds Metropolitan University

1983 - 1984: Goldsmiths College, London

1969 - 1972: St. Mary's College, Twickenham

1962 - 1969: St. Mary's School, Darlington, Co. Durham

Qualifications:

1992: Master's Degree in Art & Design;

1992: Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE)

1984: Post-graduate Diploma in Art & Design

1972: Certificate of Education Professional Qualifications:

Employment:

2001 - 2004: Cleveland College of Art & Design, Middlesbrough (Part- time Lecturer)

1987 - 2001: York St. John Uniuversity, York (Senior Lecturer, Head of Printmaking)

1972 - 1987: Taught in Secondary Education sector.

 

 

Awards:

1998: Bankside Wine label Award, J. Sainsbury plc

1996: T.N. Lawrence Prize, National Print Exhibition

1986: Barcham-Green Prize, R.E. Open Exhibition

1985: Whatman Prize, R.E. Open Exhibition

Work in Public and Corporate Collections:

J. Sainsbury plc                                   Bank of England         Cleveland Education Authority

Goldsmiths College                           Unilever plc                 Royal Hospital Trust

St. Bartholmew's Hospital                  St. Thomas' Hospital   Price-Waterhouse        

Art Committee PTT, Netherlands       Intel UK

Galleries and Exhibitions (from 2008):

2013: Bristol Affordable Art Fair

          Chelsea Art Fair

          London Affordable Art Fair

          Hampstead Art Fair

          Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance

          Market House Gallery, Marazion

          Penwith Gallery, St. Ives (Penwith Society of Artists)

          Mariners Gallery, St. Ives (St.Ives Society of Artists)

          Rose Theatre, Ascot

          All4Art Gallery, Cheltenham

          Alverton Gallery, Penzance

          Bankside Gallery, London

2012: Bristol Affordable Art Fair

          Chelsea Art Fair

          London Affordable Art Fair

          Hampstead Art Fair

           Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance

          Penwith Gallery, St. Ives (Penwith Society of Artists)

          Mariners Gallery, St. Ives (St.Ives Society of Artists)

          Alverton Gallery, Penzance

          Bankside Gallery, London

2011: Bristol Affordable Art Fair

          Chelsea Art Fair

          London Affordable Art Fair

          Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance

          Innnocent Fine Art, Bristol

          Penwith Gallery, St. Ives (Penwith Society of Artists)

          Mariners Gallery, St. Ives (St.Ives Society of Artists)

          Alverton Gallery, Penzance

          Bankside Gallery, London

2010: Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance

          Lund Gallery, Easingwold, York

          Penwith Gallery, St. Ives (Penwith Society of Artists)

          Mariners Gallery, St. Ives (St.Ives Society of Artists)

          Bankside Gallery, London

2009 -: Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance

            Penwith Gallery, St. Ives (Penwith Society of Artists)

            Mariners Gallery, St. Ives (St.Ives Society of Artists)

            Bankside Gallery, London

2008: Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance

          Bankside Gallery, London