Cork n' grapes
Signed oil on panel
6 x 8 inches
Signed oil on panel
5 x 7 inches
Peter was born in February 1951 to an English mother and an Estonian father. He started his working life as a toolmaker and designer of aluminium extrusion dies, but began to paint in 1979. Entirely self-taught, he turned professional in 1983.
Peter has an absolute love of oil painting and especially admires the masters of Dutch painting of the 17th Century, which is reflected in his own work. Since 1995, after seeing the work of Estonian artist Olav Maran Peter decided to review his paintings and started researching 'Still Life' painters such as William Kalf and De Heem. After experimenting with priming his own canvasses with different colours, then painting with thick and thin painting and glazing on top in the way of the old masters, he developed a style with detail and atmosphere that is essential in portrayal of fine wine, fruit and cheeses etc.
In a quirky and sometimes conceptual world, Peter makes no apologies for producing traditional subjects where craftsmanship is evident in every brush stroke. His paintings bring much joy and pleasure to those who understand he has an obvious and underlying love of handling paint and observing his subject using techniques that take many years to acquire. Recently he has changed the view point to some of his paintings to give them a bold contemporary look.
Peter Kotka's originals are in private collections all over the world, with some noted collectors. In 2004 Peter was invited to take part in a prestigious Still Life exhibition in California, where he was the best selling artist in the show. Early 2005 he toured California and Arizona with three successful shows, then in October following his US success he had his first 'one man show' in the UK.
In addition his images have been reproduce in greeting cards, collector's plate and Limited Edition gliclee pirnts.