Peter MesserPeter Messer

Peter Messer is a well-known artist from Lewes, East Sussex in the United Kingdom. Peter works mainly in egg tempera on a traditional gesso ground and has exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK, US, Germany and France.

Born in 1954, Peter Messer studied Fine Art at the University of Brighton. His work is frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the New English Art Club and he has been a finalist in the Hunting, Garrick Milne, Lyn Painter-Stainers and Singer and Friedlander Prize exhibitions. In 1998 he won the Sotheby's-sponsored Chichester Art Prize and in 2000 was commissioned to provide twelve paintings for the Sussex Book of Revelations, an Arts Council Millennium Project which toured Sussex libraries. In 2004 he completed a commission for the House of Lords. In 2014 he was invited to present a major solo exhibition at Schloss Tiengen in the Lewes twin town of Waldshut-Tiengen in Germany.

Peter lives and works in Lewes, East Sussex and has paintings in collections in Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Sweden and the US, as well as the UK. In 2007 he published a book “On The Way To Work. The Lewes Paintings Of Peter Messer”. He regularly gives talks about his very personal approach to painting (for an example, see Elsewhere and Otherwise, a talk filmed in 2014 during an exhibition of his work at the Hop Gallery in Lewes). In the course of this year, his work is being exhibited at several galleries, both locally in Lewes and in London.

Visit the Gallery page for some examples of Peter's work. You can also purchase prints there. 

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News from the Studio

22
May2017
Art on a Ukelele

Art on a Ukelele

I sent off my finished ukelele today.  This will be a fascinating charity project with instruments painted by Mick Rooney, Bill Jacklin, Norman Ackroyd, David Inshaw and many others.  Do check it out online.  Here are some photographs of mine.

17
May2017
Trapping the Ball

Trapping the Ball

A new small tempera painting

06
Apr2017
Blackbird

Blackbird

'Blackbird'  Egg tempera on gesso panel. 605mm x 400mm.

06
Apr2017
Blackbird

Blackbird

'Blackbird'  Egg tempera on gesso panel. 605mm x 400mm.

06
Apr2017
The Lake, Glyndebourne

The Lake, Glyndebourne

'The Lake at Glyndebourne'  Egg tempera on gesso panel,  345 x 285mm

02
Apr2017
Glyndebourne again

Glyndebourne again

'Winter Bee'  Egg tempera on gesso panel,  335mm x 455mm

31
Mar2017
Another painting for Glyndebourne

Another painting for Glyndebourne

'Twisted Trough'.  Egg tempera on gesso panel, 455mm x 305mm

30
Mar2017
More new work for Glyndebourne

More new work for Glyndebourne

'Empty Basket'.  Egg tempera on gesso panel.  605mm x 405mm

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