Peter Tudhope



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Puente Nuevo, Ronda, oil on board, 36"x48"

Puente Nuevo, Ronda, charcoal, 36"x48"

Glen Coe, charcoal, 28"x44"

Ronda Valley, charcoal, 25"x25"

Puente Nuevo Bridge, Ronda, charcoal

Tormitchell Quarry, charcoal, 36"x48"


Grounded in the British and European landscape tradition, my working practice consists of responding to my immediate surroundings and translating the experience into visual thoughts. This can take many forms and can be about the weather, the light cast on urban and rural landscape forms, the power of the wind or the beauty of nature. Drawings done on site are further developed in the studio using a variety of drawing and painting materials in a gestural, intuitive and expressive manner.

I have worked on landscapes in Scotland and Ireland, mainly in oils on canvas and prefer to draw with compressed charcoal on paper often adding other mixed media and collage. More recently I have been drawing with water soluable graphite and watercolour. Many of these drawings become completed works in their own right. They are a starting point, a reference and a completed entity. The paintings tend to be heavily worked using brushes and palette knives, building up layers until a desired quality of expression has brought the work to completion.

Many paintings and all drawings are worked directly from life. Recently working not only in my local Ayrshire landscape but on the shoreline, life room and in working quarries. I am fascinated by the light and subtle colouring created by natural light.


Peter lives and works in Ayrshire, exhibiting Nationally and Internationally. He attended art schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester gaining a BA(HONS) Degree and Masters Degree. He has recently been the first Ayrshire artist to be awarded the Artist in Residence at the Royal Drawing School's studios at Dumfries House. In Sept/Oct 2015 he was also awarded the first Artist in Residence for the City of Newnan, Georgia, USA.