A unique Visionary Artist.
Peter is an outstanding and Unique Visionary Artist, He is self taught, and stands reassuringly outside the mainstream of mediocre establishment art that has blighted our age. Yet to label him an Outsider Artist would belittle the depth and scope of his achievement, both in terms of the Creative Visionary power of his Iconic images and the phenomenal craftsmanship and care that go into their making.
The fantastical visionary worlds Peter creates may evoke long lost imaginary cultures, or magical worlds that exist parallel to our own or strange architectures and artifacts from a bizarre and alien future. We must decide for ourselves as we enter into his mysterious visionscapes.
Peters work is complex, obsessive and exacting in detail and produced with an intuitive skill and sense of geometry , often epic in scale,yet always minutely focused. It is astounding to grasp that all Peters intricate arabesque designs are done freehand, no rulers or compasses are used, no pre planning, just the power of the eye and a meticulous and patient hand. Most artist simply do not have that combined level of visual imagination and craft skill at their disposal.
His Art makes use of found cultural and natural objects, which become totally transformed by his working process into the world of his own mythos These works are Hypnotic and jewel like ,They are here to delight ,astound, move and challenge us both emotionally spiritually and intellectually.
Peter started on his Journey producing magical and ornate 2 D works , but as his art has progressed he now adds ambitious large scale sculptural works to his project, and His elegant unique bespoke art furniture is also increasingly attracting collectors.
Cyprus has always been a melting pot resonating with the lives, Arts and histories of Mediterranean and near eastern people. It is significant that the imprints of these diverse cultures have come to resonate powerfully in Peters work .They celebrate stylistic eclectism, and yet look with a discerning eyes and you will find echoes of the oldest of the archaic cultures of Cyprus. As well as a fascination with many other ancient cultures of our world.
Cyprus is a fitting location for a visual artist of Peters Stature and sensitivity and dedication. For many years his work was associated with The Cyprus college of Art and the Cornaro Institue where he lived, had his studio and was a long term artist in residence. Now in a new and exciting studio project in larnaca, he continues to create works of outstanding Creative Vision achievement and phenomenal craftsmanship.
I hope that This first Major exhibition of Peter Birds work in Cyprus. Will delight and amaze all who see it. And that Peters long term and until recently little recognised contribution to the cultural renaissance of Cyprus will be Celebrated.
Phil Bird 2018
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