Graham Peacock

Selected Works



Graham Peacock

Summary Curriculum Peacock

Born 1945, London, England, attended the University of London Goldsmith's School of Art, 1962 – 66; Leeds College of Art, 1966 - 67, studied Painting and Sculpture; 1967 appointed Lecturer at Newport College of Art; Won Italian Government Scholarship, 1968/69, studied at The British School in Rome; Appointed Professor at the University of Alberta's Department of Art and Design, 1969 – 2009 Edmonton, Canada; Conducted Painting Workshops: 2006/07/08 Canada, Painting in Italy, Vico Equense, Italy; 1995/96 /97, Abstract Painting Workshop, A Survey 1920 to 2000 of Abstract Practice, Theory, Perception and Practice, both for the University of Alberta; 1998 Camosun College, School of Visual Arts, Victoria, B.C.; Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida 1991; Thupelo Art Project, Johannesburg, S. Africa, 1987; participated in the 1982 Inaugural Triangle Workshop, Mashomac, New York; and the University of Saskatchewan's, Emma Lake Artists Workshops 1979/80/81; Michael Steiner Workshop, Edmonton Art Gallery, Canada in 1973.

Solo Exhibitions

Peacock has held  33 solo exhibitions including: Graham Peacock at 60 a Retrospective twenty three year survey, 1982 in 2005 at The Art Gallery of Alberta; Gallery One, Toronto, Canada; Galerie Dambier Massett, Paris, France; Galerie Don Stewart, Montreal. Waddington Shiel Galleries and Glenmore Gallery, Toronto; The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, B.C.; The Edmonton Art Gallery, Vanderleelie Gallery, Gallery on Whyte, Martin Gerard Gallery, Hett Gallery, Latitude 53 Gallery and Woltjen Udell Gallery, all in Edmonton, Alberta Canada; Virginia Christopher Galleries and Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Hughes Art Ltd., Victoria, B.C.; Atlantic Provinces Art Circuit, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland and The British School at Rome, Italy.

Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Foundation Ludwig Wein, Austria; National Gallery of Prague, Czech Republic; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, ‘Hines Collection’, U.S.A. ; Canadian Federal Affairs, Tokyo, Japan; Canadian Embassy, Warsaw, Poland. Embassy of Japan, Warsaw, Poland; Government of Canada, ‘Canadiana  Fund’, Ottawa; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia; University College of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; Foundation for Art, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.; University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; Edmonton Court House  Alberta; British Embassy, Rome, Italy; Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada;  Leeds Education Authority, Yorkshire, England.

Selected Group Exhibitions

From 1989 until 2002 Peacock exhibited in 38 international exhibitions with a group of artists who became known as the "New New Painters" including: Hotel de Ville, Brussels, Belgium; Musee des Beaux Arts, Waterloo, Belgium; Musee des Beaux Arts, Charleroi, Belgium; Art Frankfurt, Germany; Art Cologne '93; Galerie Tily Haderek, Stuttgart, Germany; Stadtische Galerie, Goppingen, Germany; Museum of Moderner Kunst, Siftung Ludwig  and Konfrontationen Neuerwerbungen, Vienna; Galerie Dambier Masset, Galerie Piltzer, Salon d'Art Contemporain de Montrouge, Discouvert 93, The Grande Palais, Fiore International d' Art Contemporain(FIAC), in Paris, France; Musee D'Art Modern et D'Art Contemporian, Nice, France; Galerie Vecchio 2, Cannes, France; The British Council, Rome, Italy; Johannesburg Art Foundation,  South Africa; Gallery Ism, Seoul, South Korea; City University of New York, NYC;  Salander O'Reilly Galleries, New York; The New York International Art Fair New York; Hunter College Art Gallery, New York; Chicago International 94, Chicago; Art Chicago International  Exhibition, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; 'Flint Institute for the Arts, Flint, Michigan; The Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida; 'Miami International Art Fair, Miami, Florida; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Museum of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, Florida; Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida; The Atwood Gallery, Worcester, Mass; Stamford Festival of the Arts, Conn; National Arts Centre and The National Gallery,  Ottawa, Canada; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Gallery One, and Waddington Sheill Galleries, Toronto, Canada; Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Canada; Greater Victoria Art Gallery, Victoria, Canada; The Alberta Art Foundation, Canada; XI Commonwealth Games Commemorative Exhibition, Edmonton;  and The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba, Canada

Artist Statement

Retrospective Painted Canvas Collages

The collages are original works, formed by bringing together pieces of previously painted acrylic on canvas. These are considered retrospective because they employ pieces of painted canvas from past years, remainders of unfinished works, off cuts from shaping past canvases from as early as 1976 up to 2000, providing me with a very large palette from which to compose.  They range in size from miniatures of 8 x 6 inches to extra large,  60 x 48 inch canvases., with a few mural scale pieces of 60 x 144 inches.

I start with the bands of collage and paint in colour which enhances the pre painted collage. In the larger collages the increased size allows for a more open space, if desired, and gives the individual works usually an enhanced characteristic of one colour. 

My compositions have associations with forms in nature, especially surfaces, foliage, rocks and mountains. These associations are inherent and are cultivated in the topographical way in which I paint (by pouring paint flat on the floor, allowing, and causing, fissures in the paint to form) and in the many past painting techniques I have employed. The range of colour and composition of these pieces is typical of my full palette and shares the same positive spirit as in all my paintings, prints and watercolours.

My compositions and palette are directly influenced by the characteristics of the collage I choose. I have no rules. I follow what my eye and what my senses tell me, attempting to unify, the expression and character, pictorially of whatever I do. I naturally summon all the principles of painting that I have practiced over many years of painting see Thoughts on Painting.

I have chosen mostly a vertical banded composition because they provide a more equivocal balance as opposed to the top bottom pejorative character of the horizontal landscape composition.  In the Armory Suite Collages of 2002, I explored a more varied compositional theme using a mix of verticals, diagonals, curves and some horizontal elements.  Each group of works presents its own possibilities and I am guided by the 'highs' of my past work to inspire me. 

This interest in collage was first triggered by the invitation from Belgian philosopher Marcel Paquet to provide a suite of small works as catalogue covers for a New New Painting exhibition, at the Grande Palais in Bruxelles, sponsored in 1993 by the Walloon Cultural Ministry of the Belgian Government.  

My joy of making collage works continued and I made further groups of small scale works, but in 2011 I spent the year working on collages and enlarged the sizes of the canvas to 24 x 20 inches , then 40 x 30 inches and finally 60 x 48 inches.