William Peers (b.1965)

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William Peers

William Peers

b.1965

William Peers recent work has focused on articulated stacked forms carved from a single block of marble. Past exhibitions include 100 Days: Sketched in Marble and exhibitions in New York and San Francisco. Public exhibitions include On Form at Asthall Manor (2009) and Glyndebourne (2011).

A short film about the artist can be view by clicking on the film tab above.

Born in 1965, William Peers apprenticed himself to a stone-carver shortly after leaving Falmouth Art College. With him, he was urged to work slowly, entirely by hand rather than with machine tools. At first his work was largely figurative and he pursued a path similar to earlier direct carvers, chief amongst them Eric Gill, but gradually his work became more and more abstract.

Unusually for an abstract sculptor, Peers’s work is wall hung. Hanging flat against the wall, one is made to view his work from one angle rather than from all sides and, naturally, this lends a greater emphasis to the surface of the stone and to the delicate chisel-work rather than the overall shape.

Now living and working in Cornwall, many of the sculptures are given the names of places near his home such as Oldiscleve, Gauter Point, Bradavin and, looking at the softly rolling contours of the carvings, it is tempting to see his work describing the countryside like some aerial relief map. As such he shares the same deep feeling for the Cornish landscape that Peter Lanyon, himself a keen glider pilot, conveyed in his paintings. The rolling hills and streams of the Cornish landscape lie at the root of all his recent work and the small chips left by the chisel are like tiny footprints mapping out this terrain.

A short film about William is available to view: http://filmstudiolondon.com/movies/peers/

Archive

<i>Wineri</i> 2015/16 portuguese marble 29 x 19 x 13 ins, 74 x 48 x 33 cms
<i>Carolan</i> 2015/16 Carrara marble 29 x 16 x 3½ ins, 74 x 40.5 x 9 cms
<i>Still Cedar</i> Portuguese Marble 29½ x 23½ x 6 ins, (74.93 x 59.69 cms)
<i>Rushes ‘O</i> Portuguese Marble 29½ x 23½ x 6 ins, (74.93 x 59.69 cms)
<i>Rushes ‘O</i> Portuguese Marble 29½ x 23½ x 6 ins, (74.93 x 59.69 cms)
<i>Lazy Boy</i> Portuguese Marble 39½ x 16½ x 6¼ ins, (100.33 x 41.91 cms)
<i>Torin</i> Portuguese Marble 28¼ x 16 x 12 ins, (71.76 x 40.64 cms)
<i>Skipping Jo</i> Portuguese Marble 45½ x 16 x 8¾ ins, (115.57 x 40.64 cms)

Biography

Solo Exhibitions

2010 100 Days: Sketched in Marble, Forthcoming at John Martin Gallery
2009 100 Days: Sketched in Marble – Preview at Art London with John Martin Gallery
2007 New Work in Marble – John Martin Gallery, London
2005 Stone Carvings, John Martin Gallery, London
2003 Stone Carvings, John Martin Chelsea
2002 Wall carvings, John Martin of London
2002 William Peers – Stone Carvings, International Art & Design Fair, New York
1996 Exhibition of carvings, John Martin of London
1995 Prints & interior form sculptures, Hyde Park Gallery, London
1993 Exhibition of carvings in Gigondas, France

Group Exhibitions

2013 Inform London, The Crypt Gallery, London
The Joze Show, Whithurst Park, West Sussex
Out of Nature, Newport House Gardens, Almeley, Herefordshire
2012 Woburn Artbeat, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire
Sculptural, Coombe Trenchard, Devon
On Form 2012, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
Pertaining to Things Natural, Chelsea Physic Garden, London
2011 Glynebourne Festival,East Sussex
Joze London, London
2010 ’10 Joze Show, Sussex
On Form Sculpture, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
‘100 Days’John Martin Gallery, London
2009 The ’09 Joze Show, Accolds Farm, West Sussex
SCULPTURE At Woburn Abbey
2008 On Form Sculpture, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
The Secret Garden, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
London Art Fair, John Martin Gallery, London
2007 Art London, John Martin Gallery, London
2006 New Year Exhibition, John Martin Gallery, London
Art London, John Martin Gallery, London
Neale Howells & William Peers, Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Sussex
Into the Jungle – A Homage to Rousseau – John Martin Gallery, London
2003 Chelsea Flower Show
2002 The Armoury Show, John Martin Gallery, New York
2001 Three Eastern Heads, Art2001, Business Design Centre, John Martin Gallery, London
2000 Summer Exhibition, John Martin Gallery, London
Contemporary Sculptors, Gainsborough House, Suffolk
1998 New Artists 1998, John Martin Gallery, London
1996 Exhibition of carvings, John Martin Gallery, London
1994 Joint family exhibition, Hereford
1993 Exhibition of carvings, Gigondas, France
1992 Exhibited works for Oxford ‘Art Week~Exhibited stone carvings, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

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