Peter PERI, UK

Peter Peri was born in 1971 in London, UK where he currently lives and work. He graduated from a Master’s Fine Art programme at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2003.
Peri’s mediums are drawing, sculpture and painting. 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 are culled from Peri’s painting practice and often function to surmount the sculptures as absurd hollow ‘heads’.Peri’s striated monochrome paintings are characterised by hard-edged networks of fine silver and pastel coloured marker pen lines against blackened 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.


Born 1971, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK


2003 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK
1994 BA (Hons) Design, Central St Martins School of Art and Design, London, UK

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2014 The Reign of Quantity - Pearl Lam Galleries, SG
2013 Last Family - Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, BE
2011 We, The Children Of The 20th Century - Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, FR
2010 Peter Peri - Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA
2008 Wave-Grain in the Wall - Carl Freedman Gallery, London, UK
Art Now - Tate Britain, London, UK
Hole Here - Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, DE
2006 Country 10 - Kunsthalle Basel, CH
2005 Overflow and Extinction - Counter Gallery, London, UK
2004 The Grey Point - Counter Gallery, London, UK

Group exhibitions (selected)

Where Does It All Begin? Contemporary Abstract Art in Asia and the West - Pearl Lam Galleries, SG
Have We Been There for a Long Time? - Gallery Michel Rein, Paris, FR
Platform - Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, BE
Sculpture Park - Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK
Dans un Interieur - Almine Rech Gallery Paris, FR
Kowal Odermatt - Wynwood Miami,USA
Drawing Biennial 2013 - Drawing Room, London, UK
Frieze sculpture park 2013 - London, UK
Théâtre du Monde - La Maison Rouge, Paris, FR
Slow Looking: Contemporary Drawings - Tate Britain, London, UK
Theatre of the World - Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS, AUS
Contemporary Drawings - Tate Modern, London, UK
The Minimal Gesture - Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
Magical Consciousness, part of The Apparatus, project year for the 50th anniversary of Arnolfini - Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Art41 Basel - Almine Rech Gallery, Basel, CH
Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines - The Webster, Miami, USA
Le Faux Miroir - Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BE
Newspeak, British Art Now (Part 1) - Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Modern Modern - The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
Black Hole - CCA Andratx, Mallorca, ES
Black Hole - Nymphius Projekte Berlin, DE
Classified: Contemporary British Art from the Tate Collection - Tate Britain, London, UK
Recent British Drawings - Trinity Contemporary, New York City, USA
In Between the Lines - Trinity Contemporary, London, UK
Drawing 2009 Biennal Fundraiser - The Drawing Room, London, UK
Space Now - Space Studios, London, UK
Back to Black: Black in Current Painting - Kestner Hannover, Hannover, DE
Beyond Measure: Conversations Across Art and Science - Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK
…same as it ever was, Painting at Chelsea 1990-2007 - The Arts Gallery, London, UK
Hopkins - The Arts Gallery, London ,UK
How to Improve the World, 60 years of British Art-Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Motion on Paper - Ben Brown Fine Art, London, UK
Toutes Compositions Florales - Counter Gallery, London, UK
A Violet From Mother's Grave - Emily Tsingou Gallery, London, UK
We Disagree - Andrew Kreps Gallery & Wrong Gallery, New York, USA
Death & Magic - Keith Talent Gallery, London, UK
East End Academy - Whitechapel Art gallery, London, UK
Red Mansion Prize - Lethaby Galleries, London, UK
Bloomberg New Contemporaries - Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
Private Property - 357 Kingsland Road, London, UK
Show Case 2 - Lisu Gallery, London, UK
Morbid Geometry - Charlotte Street Gallery, London, UK

Collections (selected)

Tate Collection, London, UK
The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
UBS Funds, Basel, CH
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, CH
Arts Council of Great Britain Collection, London, UK
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