Peter Driver (b. 1962, Littleport, UK) is a multidisciplinary artist. He addresses his concerns for people and planet through a process of social actions grounded in the analogue and the hand-made. Whether presenting his psychogeographic experiences of durational walks and contested sites, negotiating the ambiguities of text and interpretation, or exploring the personal poetic territory of his paintings, he confronts viewers with work that can be both a material assertion and a tentative search for understanding.

His abstract paintings are drawn from lived experience. Often commemorating his late daughter’s excitement about colour, they begin with found traces and uncontrolled gestures onto which he imposes passages of order and decision-making to create a rich, seductive and complex surface, reflecting emotional intensity.
His woodcuts might set a short text within a context combining colour-play, geometric sequence and the natural forms found within the grain of his woodblocks.

Driver operates in the tradition of the Fool and Mischief-Maker, seeking the transformative in the apparently futile and trite. There is a sense of gift and generosity in the work; that even in his most personal work he is journeying and working for others, for ‘us’. When the text is a surreptitious punch on the nose, it is delivered with love. The work comes from a love of wild places and of humanity coupled with a tendency to dissent; both vestiges of a lost faith. His commitment to reaching non-exclusive audiences 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 phone-boxes.

As a curator and collaborator, Driver achieves his objectives by making opportunities for others, particularly for young and emerging artists.

Education

MA Fine Art
2014-15
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
BA (Hons) Fine Art
2011-14
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
Foundation in Art and Design
1981-82
Cambridge School of Art

Solo/duo Exhibitions/Projects

A Walk for Stanley
2018
Solo walking project (3 days), Instagram #aWalkForStanley
Imagined Futures
2017
K6 Gallery, Southampton
For Such a Time as This
2017
OHOS, Reading
A Gaol Ballad and Other Assorted Love Songs (with Amy-Rose Holland)
2016
OHOS, Reading
WordUp! with Robert Fitzmaurice
2016
Multi-site collaboration for Reading's Year of Culture
ecologies of optimism and dissent
2015
Jam Factory, Oxford
Driver Walks the Chalk
2015
Solo walking project (3 days) Hampshire Downs/chalk streams
I'm glad you're alive! (with Lydia Heath)
2014
OHOS, Reading
Peter Driver: Woodcuts
2013
Winchester Discovery Centre
Thirteen Days in Spring
2012
Solo walking project (13 days) from Winchester to Canterbury

GROUP EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS

Relational Beings
2021
Chapel Arts, Andover
Newsprint Open
2021
Three Works, Scarborough
ArtAgainstCovid
2020
online, in aid of grassroots non-profits in the North West
Saturated Space
2020
Sandham Memorial Chapel, performance at p.v.
silence | absence
2019
Broad Street Mall, Reading
Let Us Dissent
2019
SPUDworks, Sway
The Arborealists and Guests
2019
The Art of Trees -Turbine House, Reading
Triangulations
2019
OHOS, Reading
In The Round
2019
Chapel Arts, Andover
Only The Sunny Hours: contemporary photography with a KODAK Brownie 127
2018
OHOS, Reading
Print & Process
2018
Hartley Library, University of Southampton
Block_Chain>The Power of Two
2018
online residency at CAS Andover
Winter Print Salon
2017
ONCA Gallery, Brighton
ChaosContrastsChange
2017
OHOS, Reading
Footprints
2017
Winchester School of Art, (for the University of Southampton Festival of Doctoral Research)
10Days Winchester: CHALK
2015
Winchester Gallery, Winchester
Andover March for Optimism
2015
Andover Town Centre
Meeting Point
2015
Crypt Gallery, London
Platform Graduate Award
2014
Aspex Gallery Portsmouth
Someone & Something
2014
Aspex Gallery Portsmouth
Tabula Rasa
2014
The Bargehouse, London
Encounters, Andover
2014
Andover High Street
Hanging Tough
2014
OHOS, Reading
March for Optimism
2014
Winchester City Centre
Insight 2014
2014
New Greenham Arts, Newbury
Transmediale Festival (group installation)
2014
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Raison D'etre
2013
Mottisfont National Trust, Hants
No Working Title
2013
Tate Modern, London
Space for Peace (curated by Kimvi Nguyen)
2013
Winchester Cathedral
Art&Ride - part of 10Days Festival
2013
Winchester
Outlook Changeable
2013
OHOS, Reading
Searching, always
2013
Gallery 49, Bracknell
Echo
2012
OHOS, Reading
Would You Like and Why Not?
2012
OHOS, Reading
Still The Day: artists' responses to Holy Week
2011
St Peter's, Caversham

CURATING/ORGANISING

Beyond Otherness (facilitator)
2021
571 Oxford Road Gallery, Reading
Fire & Water
2017
OHOS, Reading
Accretion (with Kirsty Smith and Nicky Bell)
2015
Brightbyte Studio, Southampton
Print as a Verb (with Chris Mercier)
2015
OHOS, Reading
Desire Lines
2015
OHOS, Reading
Recent History (with Elly Langlois)
2014
Brooks Centre, Winchester

PUBLICATIONS

A Walk For Stanley
2019
Available from this link: Peculiarity Press
thirteen days in spring: walking in relation to the kindness of strangers
2012
Available from blurb.co.uk

RESIDENCIES

In-Situ, Lancashire
2021
micro-residency at Brierfield Mill, Pendle District.
Block_Chain>The Power of Two
2018
Online residency with Chapel Arts Studios, Andover
Basing House archaeological dig
July-August 2013
Hampshire: artist in residence

AWARDS

Arts Council England - Developing Your Creative Practice grant, 2021
Arts Council England- project grant for Beyond Otherness at 571 Gallery, Reading, 2021 (on behalf of OpenHand OpenSpace)
Arts Council England grant for the arts to develop March for Optimism, Andover (as part of Chapel Arts Studios project 'The Bureau of Exchange') 2015
Selected for Graduate Platform programme (Aspex Gallery/CVAN South East), 2014

TEACHING

Teaching Fellow in Fine Art (part-time)
2016–Present
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

COLLECTIONS

Winchester School of Art
Alumni collection
University of Southampton
Artists books collection
University of Southampton
Department of Archaeology
Reading Borough Council