I see myself as part of a landscape painting tradition dating back to Richard Wilson in the 1760s. My work has developed from hard-edged abstraction in the 1970s and early ‘80s to a loose handling of paint and exploration of surface disruption using spray techniques and multi-media materials. I made my first paintings of Snowdonia in 1987 and my involvement with it has continued since.
My main body of work is a collection of paintings, drawings and prints made over time and depicting Cader Idris and the Snowdon range in various moods and from different viewpoints. It gives the viewer a sense of place that is more than a topographical view.
My practice as a painter led me into research at PhD level, exploring the history of artists and their modes of vision expressed in mountain landscape. For this I returned to the Slade School for two years Fine Art practice, and completed the theoretical studies at Aberystwyth University. The National Library of Wales and the Royal Cambrian Academy considered my contribution to Welsh landscape painting to be of such significance that I was included as the invited artist from outside Wales in their joint 'Cader Idris' exhibition. I have held ten one-person exhibitions and have shown in the Royal Academy’s summer exhibitions and in many group shows. My work is in many private and public collections.
My book, 'The Mountains of Snowdonia in Art', published in 2015, explores a wide range of art works that have been made of the mountains of Snowdonia, covering a 250 year period from 1765 to the present day.
Further examples and more information about Peter's work may be found at www.peterbishoppaintings.com. Please contact Peter directly if you are interested in purchasing his drawings, paintings or limited-edition giclée prints of his work.