London born and trained sculptor Peter M Clarke, MRSS, works from his studio/ workshop in Kent. There, surrounded by flora and fauna, he is inspired to create his garden sculptures using elements found in nature for symbolism, form and texture.
Working in metals, Peter has a particular feel for copper because of its sensitivity to the texturing process and the range of colours obtained when heat or patinas are applied.
Each sculpture is a unique, hand-made work, evolving as the initial sketch is transferred by drawing directly onto the metal sheet. When cut and hammered into shape, the finish of the piece is determined by the application of a patina or suitable solution or lacquer.
Peter likes to show his mild steel sculptures in their natural, untreated state in order that, in contact with the elements, they develop their distinct oxidised surface over time - so attractive against the greenery of a garden setting. They require no ongoing maintenance.
Stainless steel can adopt a range of colours when heated during the making process, and is largely unaffected by the elements, so stainless steel sculptures, too, are left in their natural state and need no maintenance.
Since graduating from Camberwell College in 1993, Peter has exhibited in a number of venues, and will be showing in the south and south-east of England in 2019. Details can be found on the Exhibitions tab by clicking here.