Peter has gained a well earned international reputation for his sculpture, drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large scale commissions and has exhibited widely. His work is held in numerous public and private collections throughout the world including Japan, South Korea, Australia, USA, Eire, Germany and the Netherlands. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.
In recent years his work has become increasingly concerned with the underlying principles determining growth and the forms it produces. In his words “geometry is the theme on which nature plays her infinite variations, fundamental mathematical principle become a kind of pattern book from which nature constructs the most complex and sophisticated structures.”
In 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth and from 2002 to 2005 was an Associate Research Fellow at Dartington College of Arts.
He was a member of the design team for the Education Resource Centre (The Core) at the Eden Project in Cornwall, influencing the overall design of the building and incorporating an enormous granite sculpture (‘ Seed ’) at its heart.
Some of his most notable commissions include ‘Give and Take’ in Newcastle which won the 2006 Marsh Award for Public Sculpture, ‘Mind’s Eye’ a large ceramic wall mounted piece for the Department of Psychology at Cardiff University, ‘Cotton Bud Fountain’ in Manchester, a commemorative sculpture for a Mohegan Chief at Southwark Cathedral, a commission for Fisher Square, Cambridge, a bridge for the gardens at Dartington Hall, Devon and a trip to Uganda to work with traditional and classical musicians on naturally occurring stone ‘gongs’ in Lake Victoria which resulted in a sculpture on Lolui Island.
Peter has collaborated with Studio Sem for over 20 years. Sometimes we produce a large commission for him, sometimes we rough out or prep a large mass that he completes in Exeter or we find and cut specific blocks of marble for Peter to produce the sculpture in Exeter.