Peter Beeson was born in London in 1955 and was educated at St.Pauls School where he received the final year first prize in fine art. He went on to train as a jeweller and silversmith at the Sir John Cass School in Whitechapel. Having completed his DipAd Peter then spent some time in the music business before becoming a full-time artist in 1999. Peter contemporary paintings are recognisable by their light-filled textural surface and quiet approach. Techniques of the early Italian Primitives, especially the layering of temperas and oil paint, are a key element in the depiction of present-day subjects. These art materials, with their unique ability to refract light while maintaining structural integrity, are used to help realize the depth and form of a particular moment. Peter Beeson prepares his art canvases by laying linen on board, then lightly priming the fabric across the weave to preserve its character. The process continues with a fine wash of middle tone containing only a small amount of oil, in order to retain a dry, tactile structure. The paintings are then developed in stages through the application of self-ground pigments and other organic substances which lend tonal subtlety and inner warmth. At times, the resolution of paintings is sudden and unexpected, at others they are completed as planned after careful reflection. Alongside these more formal considerations in Peter Beeson paintings runs a contemplative thread that evokes a deeply felt personal world.

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Afternoon, St Giorgio, Venice

oil on canvas 20 x 20 in £2000

Afternoon, St Giorgio, Venice by

Approaching Venice, Night

oil on canvas 14 x 14 in £1425

Approaching Venice, Night by

Lighthouse, Newlyn

oil on canvas 8 x 8 in £825

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