The art work of Peter Rooke is very much influenced by Nineteenth Century French Impressionism. In particular his oil paintings are based on his close observation of light and the effects of light on natural surroundings.
Peter has a very well defined style of working , which gives his work an immediacy and flare that has become more rare in the field of contemporary art. Although his subjects are largely landscapes he tries to avoid painting , what he calls, "pretty pictures". His reluctance to reproduce picture postcard scenes have resulted in his canvases becoming bold , engaging and sometimes challenging. Peter's approach is to always try and paint not what he sees , but what he feels and to make an emotional statement about the subjects.
His work sells well in the USA and to private collectors. Many of the canvases are now on permanent display at Wernos Gallery near Bluith Wells. To arrange a viewing , please contact the curator - Grayham Williams by telephoning 01982 560418 .
(Art in Action. March 2023.)