Born in 1954, Peter Messer studied Fine Art at the University of Brighton. He works mainly in egg tempera on a traditional gesso ground and has exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK, US, Germany and France.
His work is frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and he has been a finalist in the Hunting, Garrick Milne, Lyn Painter-Stainers and Singer and Friedlander Prize exhibitions. In 1998 he won the Sotheby’s sponsored Chichester Art Prize and in 2000 was commissioned to provide twelve paintings for the Sussex Book of Revelations, an Arts Council Millennium Project which toured Sussex libraries. In 2004 he completed a commission for the House of Lords.
He lives and works in Lewes, Sussex and has many paintings in private collections in the UK and numerous other countries. In late 2014 he held a major solo exhibition at Schloss Tiengen in Germany and will be holding another in the French city of Blois in June 2017.
“I have never wanted my paintings to be seen solely through complicated notions of art. It is possible for representational paintings to be resonant, intense and poetically ambiguous without sacrificing certain straightforwardness. The truth is that I like the craft of painting, the materials, the processes and the problems, as much as I like to daydream. I enjoy being surprised by everyday splendour, layers of light, emotion and memory. The luck to be astonished in the right place.”