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street artist in natinonal portrait gallery

Added: (Sun Jul 01 2001)

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Contact: Peter Brown
18 Tennyson Road
Bath BA1 3BG
(07767) 431 263 / (01225) 314 106
e-mail: peter@peterbrownneac.com
web-site: www.peterbrownneac.com

STREET ARTIST HANGS IN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

On Tuesday 10th July this year Peter Brown, an artist from Bath renowned for painting the city's streets will be attending a reception at The National Portrait Gallery in London. His work faced huge competition to be accepted for this year's Royal Society of Portrait Painters open exhibition at the Mall Galleries. It then went on to be one of 19 paintings selected from that show to be hung in the National Portrait Gallery from 7th July - 9th September.

This is quite an achievement in itself but what is even more remarkable is the fact that PETER HAS NEVER PAINTED A PORTRAIT TO DATE other than a handful of self portraits. It is one of these recent self portraits in charcoal entitled "Long Tall Daddy" that was selected.

No one is more amazed than the artist. Inspired by the portrait work of fellow artist David Cobley at Widcombe Studios, Peter applied his skill with charcoal to self portraiture on days that the rain and cold was just too hard even for this hardened plein air painter.

"I love Cobo's work and I just wanted to try it in my own way. I submitted two drawings that I was happy with to the RP Open and did not really hold any hope of getting either in. When I heard one had got in I was stunned. When I saw it hung along side such wonderful portrait painters at the Mall, I haveto admit, I was embarassed. Then to hear about it's selection for the National Portrait Gallery I am now a bit scared."

Since arriving in Bath in 1993, Peter's career has gone from strength to strength. He started by selling his drawings on the citys' streets and now sells his oils exclusively through a west end gallery. He has won numerous national awards and his paintings are represented in the permanent collections of The National Library of Wales, The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and The Holburne Museum, Bath.

He has a two man show starting on the 18th July and running to the 1st August at :
W.H.Patterson Fine Arts Ltd, 19 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BB. tel: (020) 7629 4119
which is previewed almost in entirety at: www.peterbrownneac.com

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