Peter’s work can be viewed in the Vulgar Earth exhibition 1st July – 13th August 2017
Peter Horrocks was born in 1945 in Oldham, Lancashire. He studied at Leicester College of Art, Chelsea School of Art and London University. He began his teaching career in London and moved to Herefordshire in 1971. His work has been exhibited widely in Herefordshire and Shropshire as well as nationally.
My work is characterised by a concern for abstraction and carefully constructed structures. Initial images are often drawn from landscape sources with themes such as; ‘Traces’, ‘Earth works’ and ‘Landmarks’, which explore marks left behind in nature and their possible meaning. I am always more interested in small fragments of the landscape and geological features rather than the bigger picture.
I like to work on a series of images at the same time and enjoy the way the works interact with each other – one work teac hes me about the next. I usually work on a square format which contains the image in a balanced way and reads less like a traditional landscape composition.
I use natural earth pigments mainly sourced from the ochres mined at the Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean. In 2011 I mined it myself 300 feet down in the old iron ore mines. Other pigments have been sourced on my travels, including Australia and Roussillion in France, for the best yellow ochre.
The dry earth pigment is rubbed into the surface of an acid free board. Any structural lines are first incised into the board using various metal scribers. This enables the drawing to become a more physical part of the image.
More recent work explores the combination of textural qualities. Layers of gesso, plaster, pigment, slate dust, etc are applied to panels. Surfaces are layered, revealing colours beneath the surface by scraping, rubbing, digging and sanding.
I have aslo become inspired by the aesthetic qualities of early Japanese ceramics and the concept of wabi-sabi, described as one of beauty that is ‘imperfect, impermenant and incomplete’. The journey continues.