Peter Messa

Peter Messa
Landscape and Abstraction

Peter’s response to the world has always been to interpret it in drawing, painting and printmaking. In 2002 he joined a full time degree course and graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA Fine Art in 2005.

Though the artist’s focus may vary, the core theme in the work is landscape. The Shorescape series shows Peter’s response to the wild weather and tides experienced while walking on the Somerset coast near his home and this work also reflects his research into Abstract Expressionism.

The Voyager series derives from a walk undertaken in Exeter with members of Wayward artists’ network, and the work is developed from studies of the brightly coloured and distressed hulls of sailing craft in dry dock for repair.

In the case of the Telluric series, Peter says, “Feeling I had exhausted the possibilities of the Voyagers I began to think about putting myself outside the landscape instead of being immersed in it.” From here the artist turned to his interest in maps; he studied images on Google Earth and a friend showed him satellite images used to monitor the coast for signs of inundation. The artist says, “Landscape is increasingly mediated by technology and satellite images of coastal areas often depict seas as great dark areas contrasting with the often ‘busy’ land masses.”

Exhibitions

Stourhead Summer Exhibition, Stourton, Wilts.
“Food for Thought” The Globe, Milverton, Som.
Blue Cedar Gallery, Glastonbury
Ilminster Arts Centre (Meeting House), Spring Open
Christmas Show, Musgrove Park Hosp, Taunton
Quartz Festival, Taunton
SAW Open Studios
“Small Wonders” Air Gallery, Wells

17 – 26 June 2011
continues till 30 June
7 May – 2 June 2011
21 Mar – 16 Apr 2011
20 Nov 2010 – Jan 2011
7 – 17 Oct 2010
18 Sept – 3 Oct 2010
18 Sept – 3 Oct 2010

Peter is a member of Wayward, a group of postgraduates and MA students operating as a critical forum. Some members occasionally collaborate for projects and exhibitions. www.waywardart.org

Peter is an active member of SAW and takes part in the biennial Open Studios Event. www.somersetartworks.org.uk

For more information about the artist’s work go to www.petermessa.co.uk