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  Feeding the 5000  

Feed the 5000
Biennial opening night
Independent District


  The Art Organisation, Liverpool Biennial 2004  

The Art Organisation
St Bride's Church
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Detail from 'Nozomi', by Peter Corbett

Peter Corbett

Autumn of Abstraction

University of Liverpool Senate House

24 September - 26 November 2004


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 Art 2004.

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 essence again.'

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 years.


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