Peter Driver

Peter Driver, Nature is us all in the end, 2018

Peter Driver is a multidisciplinary artist and collaborator based at OpenHand OpenSpace in Reading. His creative impulse begins with drawing and incorporates walking, performance, painting and woodcut printmaking. Most often he creates prints and paintings with short texts set within a visual context that might combine geometric abstraction with the found-patterns occurring within woodgrain or other natural forms. In both the graphic and performative elements of his practice, he operates in the tradition of the Fool and Mischief-Maker, seeking the transformative in the apparently futile and trite. He intends the work to be imbued with a sense of gift and generosity; that he is journeying and working for others, for 'us'. Even when the text is a surreptitious punch on the nose, he intends to deliver it with love. The work comes from a love of humanity coupled with a tendency to dissent; both vestiges of a lost faith. He is committed to reaching non-exclusive audiences so you might find him in the street, handing out free woodcut prints to passers-by, or seeking public venues for his projects, such as K6 Gallery in two decommissioned phoneboxes.

When not creating his own work, he achieves his objectives by making opportunities for others, particularly for recent graduates and emerging artists.

Opening Dates and Times

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I am generally in the studio on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Subject to any current Covid-19 restrictions, visitors are welcome throughout the year, by appointment. Please email or phone to arrange a visit.
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Contact

Studio 1/2 OpenHand OpenSpace
571 Oxford Road
Reading
RG30 1HL
Car parking at rear, accessed via Brock Gardens. Bus routes 15, 16 and 17 from Reading - alight at Brock Gardens stop.
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