Peter Wolland -Artist talk
Peter Wolland a painter and lecturer was inspired to start creating art by the Welsh landscape of his childhood. Wollands main subjects and explorations revolve around; exhibitions, environment along with art history. Wolland would create loose drawings of the landscape picking out the key elements within it in order to transfer the essence of the landscape into his painting rather than illustrate it. All of his early work was done completely in oils that built up from a light wash to thick structural paintwork. His work after graduation began to become more figurative taking inspiration from artists such as Michelangelo thinking about how the relationship of figures to the landscape of his paintings. He wanted to transfer the drama of these classical pieces into his own practice. He used the same process to build up the form of the figures as he did with the landscapes of his paintings. His early work especially was heavily inspired by the French post impressionists using painterly marks to create depths within his paintings rather than using a traditional sense of perspective. He later worked from his paintings to see how the imagery would transfer back into drawing. He also used left over paints instead of throwing them away to create quick versions of his larger pieces to experiment with scale and also to help clean his brushes. Wollands work also was influenced by renaissance art and German expressionism particularly after his master’s degree which focused predominantly on classical art. Wolland would often use symbols and autobiographical elements subtly within his work as narrative became more important within his practice. He also began to collage into the pieces he made rather than exclusively painting. After spending his student years rushing through painting after painting Wolland began to intentionally slow the painting process down to see how it would affect the outcome of his paintings. Using glaze along with the paint he began to create more of a dialogue with the surface of the painting. Wolland describes his work as being a reflection of who he is. His later work has been more tailored to the environment in which he plans to exhibit it making it more site specific. He has begun to look at digital art and photography in order to translate that into painting as well as architectural influences. His recent pieces tend to be made more quickly comparatively to his work previously trying to combine geometry and physicality within his paintings using loose fluid brush strokes combined with block geometric shapes.