Artist profile

Peter Kalkhof

Born in 1933 in Germany. In 1963 Peter Kalkhof moved to London. From an early age, Kalkhof's visual interest was stimulated by anything colourful in nature or in man-made objects. Since then, the use of formal elements of straight and curved line, and painted colour fields in grids, circles and squares, have been distinctive pictorial features in his work over the last 59 years.

Kalkhof constantly directed our attention to historically resonant, well-established forms and primary basic colours, which exist across numerous cultures and periods of time. He also had an additional interest and curiosity for ancient and modern cultures outside Europe, especially the Orient. He reflected on these cultures and their inclusion of geometry, and these elements filter into his work through his use of colour and form.

Biography

1933
Born in Germany
1953–60
Studied painting at the School of Arts and Crafts, Braunschweig, and the Academy of Fine Art, Stuttgart. Later, studied at the Slade School of Art, London, and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
1963
Moved to England.
1964–99
Taught at Reading University, Fine Art Department.
2014
Died in London

Selected exhibitions

2012
"Colour and Space", Annely Juda Fine Art, London
2011
Merston Gallery, Chichester
2007
"Centre to Periphery", Annely Juda Fine Art, London
2004
t1+2 artspace, London
2002
"Horizons", Annely Juda Fine Art, London