Peter Goodfellow was born in Middlesbrough in 1950. He completed a foundation course at Middlesbrough College of Art and then studied illustration at the Central School of Art and Design, London.
His early career was as a freelance illustrator. He produced art work for many book jacket, advertising and packaging design projects established himself as one of Europe's leading illustrators. In 1985 Peter moved to Scotland. Since then he has become one of the most esteemed landscape painters working in Scotland today.
Talking about his art work Peter says: 'Perhaps it is because of my earlier incarnation as an illustrator, where I was constantly asked to fulfil tight briefs usually employing photo realistic techniques my painting which has evolved over the last 17 years has taken the opposite direction. I want the paint surface to have a life of its own, I want it to be alive. To this end I initially apply large brush strokes in an almost random abstract manner taking the paint off over and over again and then reapplying it until I am happy with the mark and I begin to see the beginnings of a place I know.The subsequent brush and palette knife marks will then take me to this place -I have been there. I remember it, the emotion, the weather, the underlying geology, the power of the land.'
Peter sees himself to be an 'out and out colourist'. Inspired by art movements such as early Italian Renaissance and German Expressionism, Peter Goodfellow's paintings capture the extraordinary beauty and power of the natural world. He often paints the same subject repeatedly to distil colour and form, but Goodfellow's paintings always communicate a strong sense of time, mood and atmosphere.
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