PETER COKER RA AND FRIENDS
Saturday 12th October – Saturday 26th October 2019
The Minories, Colchester 10.00-5.00 pm (Closed Sundays)
Saturday 12th October 12-3.00pm
Peter Coker, Sea, Quiberville Sketch Book 29 1989 p23-24 (Study for Seascape, Quiberville) 18x58 swi watercolour
Peter Coker RA (1926-2004) was one of the most important painters of the post-war generation, admired for his brilliant draughtsmanship and outstanding ability to convey the beauty of a landscape. In 1962 he moved from London to teach at the Colchester School of Art and over the next seven years worked alongside other tutors who included John Nash RA and Bill Packer. John Nash had been instrumental in setting up the Colchester Society of Artists in 1946 and Peter Coker showed with the society on several occasions at the Minories. For many years Peter lived at Mistley on the river Stour and the landscapes of East Anglia were a source of inspiration to him.
Peter Coker RA and Friends explores the links between Peter and his colleagues, students, fellow artists and friends, particularly, though not exclusively, those associated with the Colchester School of Art or based in Suffolk and Essex. It will include over 30 works by Peter Coker spanning the 1950s to the 1990s, as well as paintings and drawings by John Nash, Rodrigo Moynihan, Bill Packer, Simon Carter and Graham Crowley. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to view and acquire works in one location by these sought after artists. Peter Coker RA and Friends will run concurrently with a loan exhibition at the Minories organised by the Colchester Art Society, Peter Coker RA: Force of Nature.
Full online catalogue of works available shortly.
John Nash, Tractor and Sheaves 25x36 1930s Ink and pencil Provenance Estate of John Nash