Peter Peri (b. 1971)

Peter Peri was born in 1971 in London, UK. He graduated from a Master’s Fine Art programme at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2003. Currently, he lives and works in London, UK.

Peri’s primary mediums are drawing, sculpture and painting: three distinct bodies of work that are developed independently by the artist to create a complex set of interrelations. All works are specifically invested in the tension between line and volume, figuration and abstraction, and in the question of tradition and influence in Modernism.

His drawings are built-up through the accumulation of tiny hair-like pencil lines that lend an obsessive, congested quality to his strict forms and figures. Peri’s works on paper depict a range of subject matter, including Roman Catholic reliquaries, abstract portraits, and geometric shapes, which coalesce into ambiguous architectural structures and volumes through an uncanny play of light and shadow redolent of Metaphysical painting.

The sculptures are engineered replicas in darkened steel of ephemeral assemblages of household boxes scaled up in size to create monumental and confrontational cuboid figures. The rolls of masking tape used to construct the original assemblages often function as absurd hollow ‘heads’.

Peri’s striated monochrome paintings are characterised by hard-edged diagonal networks of fine silver and pastel coloured marker pen lines against blackened and gnarled spray-painted backgrounds. These paintings appear to trace an occult tinged geometric language—a Morse code of shifting lines and shapes—that may be used to describe the world in more elemental terms.

Peter Peri’s recent and major solo exhibitions include Filler (2015), Budapest Art Factory, Hungary; The Reign of Quantity (2014), Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex, UK (2014); Last Family (2013), Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; We, The Children of the 20th Century (2011), Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France; Peter Peri (2011), Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA (2010); and ART NOW (2007), Tate Britain, London, UK. His works are also in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council of Great Britain Collection (all in London), and UBS Funds, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland.