This retrospective of Peter
Corbett's major series of oil paintings is shown for the first time
at the University of Liverpool Senate House Exhibition Hall as part
of the Independent strand of the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary
The work was made between 1987 and 2002, a period in which Corbett
developed a series of abstract oil on canvas paintings utilising
a unique technique he terms 'double edging'. This technique was
discovered by accident by Corbett in 1987, and involves loading
opposite edges of the paintbrush with two different colours. The
resulting painted line shows the distinct colours at the edge, and
a blend of the two through the centre. This effect gives the body
of work a distinctive, coherent feel, and underpins the artist's
interest in the physical craft of creating a painting.
The series draws on the artists experience through meditation,
and his interest in philosophical ideas which can be applied to
abstraction. Corbett has indicated the importance of concepts such
as Theosophy, the zero point field and chaos theory to his art.
These theoretical underpinnings point to the essential thrust of
the work, which is explained by the artist: 'The aim is to reconnect
with the underlying reality beneath the surface appearance of the
objective world, and re-establish a change towards our spiritual
Peter Corbett studied at the Liverpool School of Art under Maurice
Cockerill, and at Manchester College of Art under Brian Neiland.
He has worked as a practicing artist in Liverpool for over twenty-five