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Each week the Wirral News will turn the spotlight on a local artist or photographer. You can submit your photographs at www.wirralnews.co.uk/yourgallery. This week we feature Elton's Peter Appleton...
Name: Peter Appleton
I WAS born at a time, the 1950s, when children were encouraged to ‘get a proper job’, a decent trade, and art did not fall into this category. I have painted all my life, but it is only when I retired from my career in local government that I had the chance to pursue my lifelong passions.
Originally trained as a town planner and urban designer at the University of Dundee, I went on to pursue a career in local government, where I worked for over 30 years. I followed a variety of professional qualifications before moving onto the Open College of the Arts and the University of the Creative Arts in Kent to follow the Fine Art degree. I am currently in my third Year.
Social realism and man’s interaction with the landscape interests me. I feel strongly about many of the social and human issues facing us all and that much of the the truth of those issues are latent to people.
Art, for me, can reflect the world back to people – both the positive and negative – and exposure might lead to debate and then to solutions.
I like to make comment on life, to communicate with people, open a debate, and make a contribution towards change for the good.
Pattern and colour are important to me as well as strong lines and strokes, and I like to see the mark made by the brush/paint. A looseness is evident in my work.
Click on the image gallery below to see Peter's work