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"Peter Coker: A Juxtaposition 2004"
2004-12-11 until 2005-03-05
Sheffield Galleries and Museum Trust, Graves Art Gallery
UK United Kingdom
The Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield will host an exhibition of work by the
distinguished Royal Academician, Peter Coker from Saturday 11 December 2004
- Saturday 5 March 2005. Peter Coker: A Juxtaposition will include
paintings, drawings and prints that have recently been on display at the
Royal Academy, juxtaposed alongside a number of works from Sheffield City
Peter Coker was one of the leading exponents of Post-war British Art, dubbed
the Kitchen Sink Group. Along with artists such as John Bratby, Jack Smith
and Derrick Greaves, Coker painted uncompromising compositions of everyday
subjects in strong, thick paint-work and expressive colours.
The majority of works in this exhibition were inspired by the artist's visit
to Paris in the early 1970s. At this time he produced a number of drawings
but it was in 2002, almost 30 years after the original work was produced,
that the artist was inspired to return to the collection. His new work was
produced with tremendous energy, vitality and vision.
In contrast to the Paris works, works form Sheffield City Collections from
1950s will also be on display in Peter Coker: A Juxtaposition 2004. The last
exhibition of Peter Coker's work to be seen in Sheffield was at the Mappin
Art Gallery in 1972. It was after this that one of the artist's most famous
work, The Butcher's Shop (1955), was purchased for the City Collections.
This work will be shown alongside other works from the City's collections,
including the sea-scape, Cliffs at Etretat (1955), and drawings Turbot and
Chicken on the Table.
Drawing for Butcher Shop, 1955
Pencil on paper