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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