PETER COKER RA AND FRIENDS
Saturday 12 th October – Saturday 19th October 2019
The Minories, Colchester
Peter Coker RA 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 the 1960s he moved from London to teach at the Colchester Institute of Art and over the next seven years worked alongside other tutors who included John Nash, Edward Bawden 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.
After his death in 2004, another generation of artists were influenced by his vibrant engagement with the landscape. These include Graham Crowley, Emeritus Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art and Simon Carter. 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 Art School or based in Suffolk and Essex. It will include over 20 works by Peter Coker, as well as paintings by Rodrigo Moynihan, Bill Packer, Simon Carter and Graham Crowley.
Peter Coker RA and Friends will run concurrently with a loan exhibition of Coker organised by the Colchester Art Society at the Minories.