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Peter Cross: Artist, illustrator and very kind supporter of our crowdfunding campaign

Posted 26th May 2017
Watts Contemporary Gallery

If you have been following us online, had a browse on our website or recently popped into our shop or The Tea Shop, you will have noticed the witty and brilliantly illustrated Map of Connectivity taking pride of place across them all.

To help us illustrate our efforts to bring a colossal bronze sculpture of Physical Energy to the South East — public art for all to enjoy — noted artist and illustrator Peter Cross has kindly allowed us to use his artwork.

Showing the staff of the Artists' Village and residents of the South East wearing high-vis jackets and putting their backs into hauling the 4-tonne sculpture up Rowbury Hill, Peter's artwork perfectly depicts our current crowdfunding campaign with the ArtFund, in which we are trying to raise an ambitious £25,000 (to find out more about the campaign and to donate click here).

As the artwork is being so widely enjoyed, we thought it would be nice to tell you a little bit more about the man who created it (and who has so kindly allowed us to freely use it).

Peter was born in Guildford in the 1950s and trained as a technical Illustrator before setting up his own studio and going on to produce the artwork for a number of albums by Anthony Phillips, the former Genesis guitarist.

He made his name with eleven children's books, including the cult classic Trouble for Trumpets (1982), the series Dinosaur Days (1985) and The Adventures of Dudley Dormouse (1986-87). Later he created 1588 and All This… (1988) and The Boys' Own Battle of Britain (1990).

By the mid-1990s, it was time for a change and Peter took on and shook up the look of the greetings card market with his iconic 'Harbottle & Co' die-cut cards for Hallmark UK. More recently he has enjoyed further success with his signature 'Peter Cross' range, first published by The Great British Card Company in 2007.

If you would like to own your very own piece of Peter Cross artwork, then click here to donate and receive one of his limited edition tote bags or signed prints.

To find out more about the man behind the art, visit his website.