Peter Brown never feels more alive than when he is painting on the streets of places like London and India. He never knows what he is going to paint until he gets there and even then, the landscape changes in front of him. Every day is an adventure in a small way. He does paint interiors and is forever drawing his kids from time to time but he has to be in front of his subject. Pete's challenge is translating that 3D space full of noise, smell, colour and atmosphere and freezing it on a to canvas.

Working Method

Peter works directly from life, be it in his home town of Bath, or in London; India; Spain; France, or wherever his travels take him. This has earned the nickname 'Pete the Street'. He works in oil either on canvas board or paper and also charcoal. His works range from 6 x 8 inches up to 60 x 80 inches. They are sometimes executed in one sitting, but often he returns to the same spot at the same time of day and similar weather for as many goes as it takes. He works through all the seasons and in all weathers, relishing the opportunities offered by snow and rain just as much as the heat of India or the sharp bright light of Spain. He refuses to use photographic reference. His exhibitions are usually accompanied by publications containing diary extracts that catalogue his experiences and conversations while out painting.

Biographical details

2004–2016 With Messum's, London
2000 First one man show at Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
1998 Elected to NEAC.Met Peter Kuhfeld in Bath. Introduced to Bill Patterson, W.H. Patterson Fine Arts
1994 Moved to Bath and began charcoal drawings of the city
1985-1991 Foundation Course, Bath College of Higher Education; BA Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic
Other Society memberships
Hon Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Pastel Society (PS), Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), Bath Society of Artists
Scholarships, Awards and Prizes
2018 Elected President New English Art Club
2017 Public Choice, New English Art Club
2009/11/12/13/17/18 Critics' Choice, New English Art Club
2013 The Le Clerc Fowle Medal, Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2012 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, runner-up
2008 Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing
2006 First Artist in Residence, The Savoy Hotel, London
2005 Hunting Art Prize: The Drawing Prize
The Arts Club Award (Pastel Society 2001; New English Art Club 2002; Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2008)
1996 Pastel Society Non-Member's Award

Past Exhibitions

One Man Exhibitions
2004-17: Messum's Cork Street, London 13 x solo shows
2000-16: Victoria Art Gallery, Bath 8 x solo shows
2009 Alexander Meddowes, Edinburgh
2002-03 W.H. Patterson Fine Arts, London
Group Shows
2015 'Varanasii, Indar Pasricha Fine Arts, London
2013 'Udaipur', Tryon Gallery, London
2006/10 Albany Gallery, Cardiff, 2-man shows
2000-02: W.H. Patterson Fine Arts, London, 2-man shows
Bath: paintings by Peter Brown (2018) ISBN 978-1-911408-28-4
The New English (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988
London: Paintings by Peter Brown (2015) ISBN 9781908326805
Brown's Bath (2008) ISBN 9780955972706
My Indian Travels (2013) ISBN 1908486417
18 exhibition catalogues (2002-2016); DVDs: Oil Sketches & Varanasi; various postcards & wall calendars