London born and trained, sculptor Peter M Clarke MRSS works from his studio workshop in Kent. There, surrounded by flora and fauna, he takes inspiration from elements found in nature for symbolism, form and texture when creating his garden sculptures.
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 also like to work in steel and 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 - a rich red-brown in contrast to the greenery of a garden setting.
Stainless steel can adopt a range of colours when heated during the making process, and is largely unaffected by the elements. Left in their natural state, Peter's stainless steel sculptures, in common with his mild steel pieces and his copper works, require no maintenance.
Since graduating from Camberwell College in 1993, Peter has exhibited widely, and though most of the exhibitions planned for 2020 were cancelled due to the corona virus, 2021 shows went ahead and new dates are being arranged for 2022.
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Peter is happy to work to commission and will respond to enquiries if you email him via the contact tab.