Peter Coker RA, St. Blaise, Méziéres-au-Perche, 1973, 546mm x 749mm
Peter Coker RA. Born I926 in London. Studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Lives in Manningtree, Essex and like Edward Bawden and John Nash (a friend and neighbour) is generally termed an Essex painter. A ﬁgurative painter his early work included still lifes but more recently he has turned almost exclusively to landscape painting. His oil paintings are inﬂuenced by the French Impressionists, particularly Cezanne, but he has his own style with its bold forms and strong colour. In this picture he used sanguine — a deep red crayon prepared from iron oxide. His ﬁrst retrospective exhibition was appropriately held in Essex — at the Minories, Colchester, and his works have been acquired by the Arts Council, the Contemporary Art Society and provincial galleries.