Peter Wileman is a highly acclaimed artist, known for his for his dazzling abstracted oil landscapes. Born in Middlesex, Peter gravitated toward painting from a young age, picking up his first paintbrush in the early years of childhood. After leaving school Peter went on to become a junior at Hallmark Cards where he studied lettering and design. Peter's time at Hallmark gave him solid grounding in colour awareness, formal structure, and design. This experience enabled him to become the Art Editor for a number of IPC magazines in the following years.
Looking for an opportunity to develop his own artwork, Peter left his budding design career to become a freelance artist. From there, Peter carved out a very successful career, producing a substantial body of highly expressive work inspired by Britain's coves and harbours. Peter medium of choice is oil, as he finds it most adaptable to changes of light and mood which reflects his style of atmospheric landscape painting. His style is bold and vigorous, both in the use of colour and handling of paint, as he explores the effect of light on his subject. Seeking atmosphere through light and colour, he works in varying degrees of abstraction.
Peter is the former President and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Peter has produced books and DVDs on his technique of painting with light and demonstrates how to create atmospheric oil landscapes with stunning effects.
"My painting is all about light and how we see it and react to it. It is what drives artists on. It is why most of us paint. Yet light can be as elusive as a wisp of smoke as we try to capture it in all its many moods. My brush is never still."
Royal Institute of Oil Painters (former President)
Royal Society of Marine Artists
Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
The East Anglian Group of Marine Artists
Scholarships, Awards, Prizes
2012 The Darlington Crystal Challenge
2010 The Charles Pears Award
2010 The Stanley Grimm Prize
2007 DAS Prize for a work of distinction
2006 The Clerc Fowle Gold Medal for the most outstanding group of paintings
2003 The Cornelissen & Son Award for outstanding work
2000 The Frank Herring Award