Peter Wylie

"To hear people who still sail out there, compliment me on the believability of what I have created in paint is a validation." - Peter Wylie talking about his ongoing series North Sea Studies.

Peter was born in Lowestoft and completed a Foundation there in 1975. He gained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from Canterbury College of Art 1978. After several decades pursuing his career, and continuing to paint, he decided to enrol on the MA Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art, London (University of the Arts London) 2017.
Peter returned to painting full-time in 2007. It was his series of works that he called ‘Buildings’, a re-examination of the legacy of Twentieth Century Modernism in architecture, that has been the chief focus in his practice over these years and cemented his reputation. He has exhibited his work across the east of England, throughout the UK, and in London at the Royal Academy, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Royal-Overseas-League and in China, France and Cyprus.
The North Sea Study paintings are about a journey Peter often makes several times a year. He often returns to themes that make the most of his Suffolk connections. The Studies are a response to a walk that he frequently makes along the beach from his hometown Lowestoft to Southwold. Born within earshot of the sound of breaking waves, and a son of fisherman, himself a son of a fisherman, from a lineage that looks out to sea, he finds himself gazing out, mesmerised by that constantly changing light and movement. Where once he looked out to the horizon and imagined his father somewhere catching fish, he now looks out and imagines that across the sea, almost empty of boats and ships, at the waters end another land begins, and on that shore the waves will be breaking under ever changing skies just as they do here.