Peter Heard

Peter heard began painting in the early 1970’s and gained international recognition from 5 hugely successful solo shows at London’s  Portal Gallery – one of the world’s  premier galleries of the ‘naive’ genre.

A self-taught artist and a chartered Civil Engineer by profession, his early works were highly detailed, sophisticated and intricate compositions usually depicting quintessential English villages or portraits of the eccentric English at their sports and pastimes, observed with humour and graphic wit.

Following a visit to America’s east coast where he saw the giant lighthouses of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, his work took a dramatic change of direction. Always fascinated by light and structure, he began a stunning collection of fabulously graphic lighthouse paintings “a magnificent obsession”. He sees these as a culmination of of 35 year career and refers to the first 25 years as ‘an apprenticeship’ allowing him to perfect his technique.

His work is widely collected in in Britain and America with celebrity clients such as Jackie Collins and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason owning collections of paintings.

The influence of American naive Art is evident in much of his work. Flat perspective, bold colour and simple graphic forms are reference points to which Peter has added his own contemporary twist. He says of his style that “my paintings work on two levels, from across the room people are drawn to them to discover on close up how meticulous, detailed and tight they are”.

In 2006 he moved from London to rural Somerset, to a quiet picturesque village on the edge of Exmoor. His work was influenced by the rural world and resulted in an exhibition and published book of West Country Life with a mixture of graphic landscapes and figurative paintings evoking his earlier Portal Gallery days.

He has recently moved to a Victorian Schoolhouse in Suffolk where no doubt the 'Big Skies' and flatter landscape will work their magic 

on his imagery..

Solo exhibitions


2011 John Noott Gallery, Broadway, Worcestershire


2009 John Noott Gallery Broadway, Worcestershire


2007 John Noott Gallery Broadway, Worcestershire


2006 Artist’s Harbour Gallery  Portsmouth


2004 Artist’s Harbour Gallery, Portsmouth


1990 Central Square Gallery, New Jersey USA


1989 Portal Gallery London


1986 Portal Gallery London


1982 Portal Gallery London


1980 Portal Gallery London


1978 Portal Gallery London



Group Exhibitions


2012 The Hunter Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk


2012 Red Rag Gallery

Bath, Somerset


2010 John Noott Gallery  Spring Exhibition


2009 Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam


2009 Affordable Art Fair London


2008 Floren Gallery Poole Dorset


2008 Affordable Art Fair Bristol


2007 Affordable Art Fair London


2006 Royal Society of Marine Artists, London


2004 On The Wall Olympia London


1991 Art Expo New York USA


1990 Art Expo New York USA


1989 Art Expo New York USA


1985 Bath Festival of Naive Art


1978 London Naive Art  Festival Hall London


1977 Naivii 77 International Exhibition of Naive Art Zagreb


1977 British Primitive and Naive Art IKON Gallery Birmingham.













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