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Peter Hicks: A Retrospective looks back over more than 60 years of work from an artist who has gained endless inspiration from the scenery and seasons of the Esk Valley in North Yorkshire, where he lives.
Peter, who was born in East Yorkshire, but moved to the Esk Valley as a young child and has spent most of his life there, says the exhibition represents a lifetime of self-discovery as an artist.
“I revisit childhood thoughts and experiences and realise how important they are to my work. I’d be playing with my friends and would suddenly see, on a sunny day, how a mist would rise up and suck the colour from the surroundings.
“Those memories were logged and revisited much later in life, and that’s what I’ve continually done – visit and revisit things in this valley that have meaning and purpose. So when I look at a hillside, I’m looking at it as it is, but also seeing its history – how it’s evolved, how weather and time have changed it, and that’s very much a part of my practice as a painter.”