London, b.1971

Peter Peri

Peter Peri was born in 1971 in London, UK. He graduated from the MA Fine Art program at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2003. He currently lives and works in London, UK.

Peri’s primary media are drawing, sculpture, and painting: three distinct bodies of work that are developed independently by the artist to create a complex set of interrelations. All works are specifically invested in the tension between line and volume, figuration and abstraction, and in the questioning of tradition and influence in Modernism.

His drawings are built-up through the accumulation of tiny hair-like pencil lines that lend an obsessive, congested quality to his strict forms and figures. Peri’s works on paper depict a range of subject matter, including Roman Catholic reliquaries, abstract portraits, and geometric shapes,...

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Biography

Peter Peri was born in 1971 in London, UK. He graduated from the MA Fine Art program at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2003. He currently lives and works in London, UK.

Peri’s primary media are drawing, sculpture, and painting: three distinct bodies of work that are developed independently by the artist to create a complex set of interrelations. All works are specifically invested in the tension between line and volume, figuration and abstraction, and in the questioning of tradition and influence in Modernism.

His drawings are built-up through the accumulation of tiny hair-like pencil lines that lend an obsessive, congested quality to his strict forms and figures. Peri’s works on paper depict a range of subject matter, including Roman Catholic reliquaries, abstract portraits, and geometric shapes, which coalesce into ambiguous architectural structures and volumes through an uncanny play of light and shadow redolent of Metaphysical painting.

The sculptures are engineered replicas in darkened steel of ephemeral assemblages of household boxes scaled up in size to create monumental and confrontational cuboid figures. The rolls of masking tape used to construct the original assemblages often functioning as absurd hollow “heads”. Peri’s striated paintings are characterized by hard-edged networks of fine pastel-coloured marker pen lines against spray-painted backgrounds. These paintings appear to trace an occult tinged geometric language—a Morse code of shifting lines and shapes—that might be used to describe the world in more elemental terms.

Peter Peri selected solo exhibitions include: Quarters (2019), Pearl Lam Galleries HK H Queen’s, Hong Kong, China; Unacting (2016), Almine Rech Gallery Savile Row, London, UK; The Reign of Quantity (2014), Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Last Family (2013), Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; ART NOW (2007), Tate Britain, London, UK; Country 10 (2006), Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. Selected group exhibitions include: Classified: Contemporary British Art from the Tate Collection (2009), Tate Britain, London, UK; How to Improve the World, 60 years of British Art - Arts Council Collection (2006), Hayward Gallery, London, UK. His works are also in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council of Great Britain Collection, UBS Funds and Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland.

Artworks

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House 12 (Pink) (舍12 (粉紅)), 2018

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21st Century Art / Abstract Sculpture / Art of the 2010s / Astrological System / Astrology / British Art / Contemporary British Art / Contemporary European Art / Drawing / Europe / European Art / Geometric Abstraction / Geometric Expression / Geometric Forms / Inspiration from Nature / London / Luminosity / Marker / Marker on Canvas / Marker Pen / Metaphysics / Moon / Natural Environment / Natural Phenomenon / Nature / Painting / Paper / Pencil / Pencil on Paper / Personal Experience / Plinth / Rhythmic Expression / Sculpture / Spray Paint / Spray Paint on Canvas / Steel / United Kingdom / Vibrancy / Vitality / Wooden Plinth / Works on Paper

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2003

    Master of Arts in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK (2001-2003)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Quarters, Pearl Lam Galleries HK H Queen’s, Hong Kong, China

  • 2016

    Unacting, Almine Rech Gallery Savile Row, London, UK

  • Grafografo, Kinman Gallery, London, UK

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    CASS Projects: The Sleeping Procession, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, UK

  • 2016

    Labyrinth(s), Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China

  • 2015

    Drawing Biennial 2015, London, UK

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Education

  • 2003

    Master of Arts in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK (2001-2003)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Quarters, Pearl Lam Galleries HK H Queen’s, Hong Kong, China

  • 2016

    Unacting, Almine Rech Gallery Savile Row, London, UK

  • Grafografo, Kinman Gallery, London, UK

  • The Scarlet Letter, Fundatia Culturala Intact, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  • 2015

    Filler, Budapest Art Factory, Budapest, Hungary

  • 2014

    The Reign of Quantity, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore

  • Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex, UK

  • 2013

    Last Family, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

  • We, The Children of the 20th Century, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France

  • 2010

    Peter Peri, Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA

  • 2008

    Wave-Grain in the Wall, Carl Freedman Gallery, London, UK

  • 2007

    ART NOW, Tate Britain, London, UK

  • Hole Here, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany

  • 2006

    Country 10, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

  • 2005

    Overflow and Extinction, Carl Freedman Gallery (formerly Counter Gallery), London, UK

  • 2004

    The Grey Point, Carl Freedman Gallery (formerly Counter Gallery), London, UK

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    CASS Projects: The Sleeping Procession, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, UK

  • 2016

    Labyrinth(s), Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China

  • 2015

    Drawing Biennial 2015, London, UK

  • Zero: Infinite Possibilities, The Farjam Foundation, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  

  • Thoughts around the black square, Vasarely  Museum, Budapest, Hungary

  • Black  White—Multifarious, Gallery Leu, Munich, Germany

  • Dans un intérieur: Meubles, oeuvres murals et textiles d’artistes, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

  • Ayan Farah, Max Lamb, Chris Succo  Peter Peri, Almine Rech Gallery, London, UK

  • 2014

    Where Does It All Begin? Contemporary Abstract Art in Asia and the West, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore

  • Have We Been There for a Long Time?, Gallery Michel Rein, Paris, France

  • Dans un intérieur: Meubles, oeuvres murals et textiles d’artistes, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France

  • Platform, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

  • Sculpture Park, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, West Sussex, UK

  • 2013

    Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London, UK  

  • Frieze Sculpture Park 2013, London, UK

  • Théâtre du Monde, La Maison Rouge, Paris France

  • 2012

    Slow Looking: Contemporary Drawings, Tate Britain, London, UK

  • Theatre of the World, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • 2011

    The Minimal Gesture, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK

  • Magical Consciousness, part of The Apparatus, project year for the 50th anniversary of Arnolfini, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

  • 2010

    Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines, The Webster, Miami, Florida, USA

  • Le Faux Miroir, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium  

  • Newspeak, British Art Now (Part 1), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

  • 2009

    Modern Modern, The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

  • Black Hole, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

  • Black Hole, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany

  • Classified: Contemporary British Art from the Tate Collection, Tate Britain, London, UK

  • Recent British Drawings, Trinity Contemporary New York, USA

  • In Between the Lines, Trinity Contemporary, London, UK  

  • Biennale Fundraiser, The Drawing Room, London, UK

  • 2008

    Space Now, Space Studios, London, UK

  • Back to Black: Black in Current Painting, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany

  • Beyond Measure: Conversations Across Art and Science, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK

  • …same as it ever was, Painting at Chelsea 1990 – 2007, The Arts Gallery, London, UK

  • 2006

    How to Improve the World, 60 years of British Art - Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

  • Motion on Paper, Ben Brown Fine Art, London, UK

  • Toutes Compositions Florales, Counter Gallery, London, UK

  • 2005

    A Violet From Mother's Grave, Emily Tsingou Gallery, London, UK

  • We Disagree, Andrew Kreps Gallery  Wrong Gallery, New York, USA

  • 2004

    Death  Magic, Keith Talent Gallery, London, UK

  • East End Academy, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

  • 2003

    Red Mansion Prize (exhibition), Lethaby Galleries, London, UK

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries (exhibition), Cornerhouse, Manchester  14 Wharf Road, London, UK

  • Private Property, 357 Kingsland Road, London, UK

  • 2002

    Show Case 2, Lisu Gallery, John Islip Street, London, UK

  • Morbid Geometry, Charlotte Street Gallery, London, UK

Grants & Awards

  • 2015

    Budapest Art Factory, Budapest, Hungary

  • 2014

    Kowal+Odermatt, Miami, USA

Collections

  • Arts Council of Great Britain Collection, London, UK

  • Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • Tate Modern, London, UK

  • The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK  

  • UBS Funds, Switzerland

  • Victoria  Albert Collection, London, UK