The work of printmaker Peter Green has been known within printmaking and educational circles for decades; he was elected as an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1958 and awarded an OBE for Services to Art and Art Education in 1988.
Peter Green studied at Brighton College of Art and the Institute of Education University of London. Having qualified as a teacher, he initially taught at a secondary school in East London where he established a thriving school printing press, producing small books and original prints. In the early 1960s the director of London Graphics Arts (also known as The London Arts Group), Eugene Schuster, recruited Peter who joined an impressive list of young printmakers. Schuster held an extensive range of prints by European Modern masters (including Picasso and Matisse) and commissioned new editions from young contemporary artists for placing primarily in public buildings across Europe and North America. Peter produced a number of large plywood block prints, printed without a press, with most of the colour being applied directly using paper stencils – a method that the artist uses to this day.
Now in his 80s, and as productive and prolific as ever, this exhibition acts as a celebration of this remarkable artist & offers the unique opportunity to view a plethora of works dating back to the 1960s. Always reluctant to call himself an artist, preferring to employ the terms printmaker and teacher, this important exhibition & book published by Random Spectacular (the publishing imprint of design collective/gallery St Jude’s), positions Peter Green firmly within the canon of mid to late 20th century visual artists with a continuing influence on subsequent generations of printmakers.
This exhibition, which is a collaboration with St. Jude’s, celebrates the art of a major, yet overlooked figure of 20th century British art and coincides with the launch of the first monograph written by Nathaniel Hepburn, which traces Green’s work from his earliest influences through to the most recent works to emerge from his studio.