PETER COKER RA AND FRIENDS
Saturday 12th October – Saturday 26th October 2019
The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE
10.00-5.00 pm (Closed Sundays)
Saturday 12th October 12-3.00pm RSPV
Peter Coker RA (1926-2004) must be regarded as a leading exponent of the great figurative tradition of post-war painting in Britain, his work combining strong draughtsmanship with the bold use of paint. The paintings and drawings in the exhibition are an outstanding record of his work. They reveal how Coker endeavoured to capture transient and momentary experiences in paintings of great energy and vitality.
Coker studied at St Martin’s School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. In 1962 he moved from London to live at Mistley on the border between North Essex and Suffolk and taught at Colchester School of Art. For the next seven years he worked alongside other tutors who included John Nash RA and William Packer. John Nash had been instrumental in setting up the Colchester Art Society in 1946 and Peter Coker showed with the society at the Minories on several occasions.
Peter Coker RA and Friends explores the links between Coker 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 Coker spanning the 1950s to the 1990s including 15 previously unshown watercolours from a 1989 sketchbook. The exhibition will also include paintings and drawings by John Nash RA, Rodrigo Moynihan RA, Simon Carter, Graham Crowley and William Packer NEAC. It will run concurrently with Peter Coker RA: Force of Nature, a loan exhibition organised by the Colchester Art Society.
Exhibition Talk: Saturday 19th October 2019, 12.30pm, to be given by Graham Crowley, formerly Professor of Painting, Royal College of Art 1998-2006.
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