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Selected Artists 2003
Lucy Skaer |  Mark Titchner |  Markus Vater |  Michael Fullerton |  Peter Peri |  Shezad Dawood |  Simon Periton |  Tariq Alvi
 
Peter Peri

'The drawing Roehampton is based on an 18th Century engraving of a country house. Still standing, it is now surrounded by the Alton housing estate in South London, where I grew up. The estate, when still only recently built, was used as the setting for Fahrenheit 451, Francois Truffaut's 1966 film about a future where all books are forbidden and burnt. The house appears in one of the final scenes in which the hero is chased by the secret police. It takes on a sinister aspect – something which refuses to be obliterated from the past and is complicit in the crimes of the future.'

In his drawings Peter Peri uses a highly detailed technique examining form in minutiae. His subject matter ranges from abstract forms reminiscent of Constructivist experiments to the cult objects of Catholicism. There is an extreme effort in the drawings to actualise the subject, to make it somehow present. The represented objects and shapes are completely saturated in detail, but close inspection reveals an underlying irrationality. Minute shapes and meandering lines, which owe as much to note pad doodles as to the biomorphic forms of Surrealism, are squeezed into the representation of the outlined images, often breaking with their borders. The result is a portrayal of a reality at once tangible and insecure.

Peter was born in London in 1971, and graduated from the MA Fine Art Programme at Chelsea College of Art in 2003. Peter lives and works in London.

Roehampton, 2002.
Pencil on unbleached paper
© Peter Peri
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Torch, 2003
Pencil on unbleached paper
© Peter Peri
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Hairless Mexican, 2003
Pencil on unbleached paper
© Peter Peri
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