Peter Peri (b. 1971)

Peter Peri was born in 1971 in London, UK. He graduated from the MA Fine Art program at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2003. He currently lives and works in London, UK.


Peri’s primary media 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 questioning 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 functionas absurd hollow “heads”.


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


Peter Peri selected solo exhibitions include: Quarters(2019), Pearl Lam Galleries HK H Queen’s, Hong Kong, China; Unacting (2016), Almine Rech Gallery Savile Row, London, UK; The Reign of Quantity (2014), Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Last Family (2013), Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; ART NOW (2007), Tate Britain, London, UK; and Country 10 (2006), Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. Selected group exhibitions includeClassified: Contemporary British Art from the Tate Collection (2009), Tate Britain, London, UK;andHow to Improve the World, 60 years of British Art—Arts Council Collection(2006), Hayward Gallery, London, UK. His works are also in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council of Great Britain Collection, UBS Funds and Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland.