Top London gallery hosts Brook exhibition

Artist Peter Brook in his Brighouse studio.
Artist Peter Brook in his Brighouse studio.

BRIGHOUSE artist Peter Brook’s atmospheric paintings will form part of a major exhibition in one of London’s top galleries this summer.

Peter, who died in November 2009, is an artist whose stock is soaring. Championed by the actor James Mason who also came from West Yorkshire, Peter’s distinctive work is now attracting serious interest - and prices - across the country.

The Portland Gallery, next to the Ritz Hotel, is hosting an exhibition of Peter’s paintings from July 7 to 29. Gallery owner Tom Hewlett said: “Peter’s paintings will form an integral part of our July exhibition which features three ‘naive’ British artists. The other two are Alan Lowndes, who painted scenes of everyday northern life, and Donald McIntyre, who is famous for both his Welsh and Scottish landscapes.

“I know that Peter is especially loved and cherished in Yorkshire where collectors appreciate his innate understanding and depiction of the Pennine way of life.”

Peter was born in 1927 in Scholes, near Holmfirth, and trained to be a teacher at Goldsmiths College, London, where he visited exhibitions and galleries and attended evening classes in life drawing. After two years in the RAF, he returned to Yorkshire where he became a teacher and married his childhood sweetheart, Molly.

Mr Hewlett said: “I think a recent sale of Peter Brook’s work at Bonham’s in Chester by the James Mason estate was an excellent barometer of his current popularity. Thirty paintings fetched a total of well into six figures.”

n From Saturday for one week the AC Gallery in Huddersfield is displaying an exhibition of Peter Brook’s ‘Twelve Months of the Year’ prints. They were published by Agnews in 1978 and printed at the Curwen Studio. The edition was limited to 150 copies and each print was signed and numbered by Peter.