Peter Bishop

Artist: drawings and paintings of mountain landscape, most recently focusing on Snowdonia, North Wales. Subjects include Snowdon and Cader Idris and the surrounding scenery

Peter Bishop (1953-2022)
Peter Bishop was a British landscape artist, writer, and lecturer. He was known for his sensitive and evocative depictions of the mountains of Snowdonia. Bishop passed away in May 2022 at the age of 68.

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Artist's Statement

I see myself as part of a landscape painting tradition dating back to Richard Wilson in the 1760s. My work has developed from hard-edged abstraction in the 1970s and early '80s to a loose handling of paint and exploration of surface disruption using spray techniques and multi-media materials. I made my first paintings of Snowdonia in 1987 and my involvement with it has continued since.

My main body of work is a collection of paintings, drawings and prints made over time and depicting Cader Idris and the Snowdon range in various moods and from different viewpoints. It gives the viewer a sense of place that is more than just a memory.

My practice as a painter led me into research at PhD level, exploring the history of artists and their modes of vision expressed in mountain landscape. For this I returned to the Slade School for two years Fine Art practice, and completed the theoretical studies at Aberystwyth University. My contribution to Welsh landscape painting was considered significant enough to be the invited artist from outside of Wales in the exhibition “Cader Idris” organised jointly by the National Library of Wales and the Royal Cambrian Academy.