#ContemporaryArtMonday: Peter Collins

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Posted 30th July 2018

Peter Collins

Peter was introduced to printmaking, and particularly to copper engraving at the City and Guilds School of Art in 1975. His main interest was in botanical subjects, ideally suited to this medium, with a tradition stretching back to 17th century illustration.

Soon after, Peter studied wood engraving, after moving to the west country, at Bristol Polytechnic. Wood engraving leads to possibilities of freer interpretation of plant forms and landscape settings, partly because wood is a softer medium than copper, yet can take fine detail.

Peter combines his printmaking with his other passions: gardening and garden designing. He also teaches printmaking at Bath Artist Printmakers, and Higham Hall in Cumbria.

Why I like flowers as a subject

'I have always enjoyed drawing flowers, for their extraordinary forms and the flowing lines of stem and leaf. Orchids particularly attract me, as do the sensuous shapes of larger flowers such as lilies.'

See Peter's work in our Florabundance exhibition at Watts Contemporary Gallery, on display until 7 October.