Peter Crosland was born in 1921 and served in the armed f
orces from 1940 to 1946, where he fought against the Japanese in Africa, India and Burma. He was greatly affected by the horrors of war and never spoke about his experiences in conflict, which are however reflected in some of his work.
An aquaintance of Picasso, whom he met through his friend Mouradian, a Parisian art dealer and gallery owner, his artistic talent was publicly recognised in 1962 by the French art historian Jean Leclerc at the Cahiers des Arts Plastiques.
He later exhibited at the Clarendon Gallery in London in the 1990s, and was also offered an exhibitiion with the ICA but sadly fell out with the selection body before this could take place.
He was known for his horror of all things 'establishment' and his penchant for speaking his mind regardless of whom it might offend, and this aspect of his personality also influenced many of his paintings.
An inaugural contemporary exhibition of Peter's work was held at the Forge Gallery in Hay-on-Wye from 30 November to 31 December 2014. Further exhibitions are planned for later this year - please check back on this site for more details when available.