Peter Waldron, b.1941
Born in Swindon, he returned there in 2017 for a solo exhibition at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. After training as a mechanical engineer he attended Swindon School of Art before going on to Chelsea School of Art, followed by a Painting Fellowship at Gloucestershire College of Art.
In 1969 Richard Hamilton was instrumental in getting him his first solo show, which took place at Nottingham University. From 1967 to 1969 he was studio assistant to Patrick Caulfield. He has had solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery and The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. His work was also shown at The Royal Academy’s Big Paintings exhibition and at the Whitworth in Manchester.
In 1975 he first visited Crete where he later established his studio. Since then Waldron has divided his time between studios in Hastings and Crete. The Cretan paintings made during this period are a response to the light, colour, warmth, drama and sheer magic of the landscape, language and its people.