Peter Hodgson is London born artist working from my studio in Caithness, in the far north of Scotland, just 12 miles south of the very tip of mainland Britain.
Born in 1959, he graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design with a B.A. Degree in Fine Art Painting in 1980 and has continued to work and exhibit since graduation. He moved from the West of England to the Highlands in 1993 so that he could be closer to his family and the places where he grew up. When describing his studio Peter stated “I work from a large studio that overlooks gently undulating farmland to the largest remaining spagnum bog wilderness in Europe. The skies are vast and awe inspiring. Here in the extreme north, nature has the upper hand and is not dominated by human activity.”
His studio and its surroundings have had a real impact upon his artwork “Though I do not work directly from nature, living here influences my work. The interior life is equally important and so is the need to navigate through life for better or for worse. Relationships, family, friends and enemies, those who take an interest, those who are indifferent and ultimately, my place in a confused and diminishing planet, all effect the way I work. The combination of line tone and colour is all I have as a painter. These are the basic alchemical ingredients to produce a visual "vibrosphere," which is the aim of my creative work.”
Peter has also been influenced by the idea that all things have a “face and personality” and he seeks to capture this ideal within his work as he was inspired by Paul Klee’s quote “Pictures are looking back at us”.