Peter Goodfellow was born in the North East of England and studied illustration at the Central School of Art and Design, London. His professional career as a freelance illustrator has been mainly in the field of book jacket, advertising and packaging design. With agents in New York, Hamburg and London he established himself as one of Europe’s leading illustrators.
Since moving to Scotland in 1985 Peter has become one of the best known landscape painters working in Scotland today.
‘Perhaps it is because of my earlier incarnation as an illustrator, where I was constantly asked to fulfil tight briefs usually employing photo realistic techniques my painting which has evolved over the last 17 years has taken the opposite direction. I want the paint surface to have a life of its own. I want it to be “alive”. To this end I initially apply large brush strokes in an almost
random abstract manner taking the paint off over and over again and then reapplying it until I am happy with the mark and I begin to see the beginnings of a place I know. The subsequent brush and palette knife marks will then take me to this place – I have been there. I remember it, the emotion, the weather, the underlying geology. The power of land – never achieved in a
photograph. My memory is my reference.’
Image – BP Portrait Exhibition 2012 – National Portrait Gallery, London
Public and Commercial Collections
Victoria and Albert Museum, Whitbread Brewers, Baxter’s Foods
Scandutch, Denmark National Savings, Quantas Airline,
Grisewood & Dempsey Publishers, Peter Justenson, Denmark Intergrated, Engineering Services, Aberdeen Duncan & Todd Aberdeen
Saatchi & Saatchi, Penguin Books, William Collins & Sons, ICL Computers,
British Telecom, Scania Motors Sweden, Bergsoe Denmark, Cidel Bank Luxembourg
BBC England, CBC Copenhagan
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