10.08.18 - 01.09.18
We seem to have created a new tradition for August in our gallery, which is to host an exhibition which focuses on a particular aspect of my own work.
This year, I am revisiting a number of series in which I pay homage to some of the artists, mostly painters, who I admire and from whom I have drawn inspiration. I don’t seek to copy their work, but rather to capture some intrinsic quality I find in it. I enjoy the challenge of translating this into glass, of using a molten material in a painterly way, and playing with movement and translucency in the attempt to get to the essence of the artist’s oeuvre.
Among my heroes in the art world is the most extraordinary of artists, the greatest of the twentieth century, perhaps of all time? My new series, Piccolo, a work in progress, is an homage to him – no prizes for guessing the source of inspiration!
– Peter Layton
Among my heroes in the art world is the most extraordinary of artists, the greatest of the twentieth century, perhaps of all time? My new series, Piccolo, a work in progress, is an homage to him. Peter’s newest series, Piccolo, is no exception. A complex series made up of more than six colours which are applied and beautifully woven together on Layton’s signature flattened form. The patterning of each piece varies significantly due to the arduous process of colour application.
For almost a decade, Sara and Nigel have devoted several months each year to orangutan rescue in Borneo. Having been inspired by their dedication and generosity in giving their time, energy and personal funding to this cause, we have agreed as a condition of our trip to do our best to raise awareness of the desperate plight of orangutans in Borneo. Were aiming to fundraise £1,800 separate from the cost of our travel towards OVAID, the charity set up by Nigel and Sara to provide equipment and to educate vets, in some cases by bringing them to the UK for training.
Peter and Ann Layton
Spring 2016 saw the launch of ‘Klimt’, the brand new body of work by Peter Layton. Inspired by the Austrian master, and following many months of developmental work, Layton has resolved the series with four stunning designs, each a unique interpretation of Gustav Klimt’s iconic paintings. Circles of Hope is directly inspired by a flowing robe worn by the elegant subject of the ‘Hope II’ masterpiece.
In co-operation with the National Gallery, Peter Layton has created his own impressionist view of Monet’s garden at Giverny in glass. A delightful feature of this design is the flowing movement of leaves and reedy undergrowth, contrasting with pink, lilac and red petals that provide a subtle foil to variegated translucent green foliage.
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