is a British artist born in London, England in 1945. He has worked
in Edmonton, Canada since 1969 where he is a Professor of Fine Arts
(Painting) at the University of Alberta's Department of Art & Design.
He has exhibited extensively in Europe and North America in solo exhibitions
and with the New New Painting Group.
views his art as having a natural reference. His work is not directly
taken from an observation of nature but rather reflects the inherent
drawing contained in his painting process. The work has a "topography"
and sometimes the shapes have associations with natural forms. Concepts
of painting are intuitively applied by Peacock in the search for new
ways of painting with contemporary plastics, glitter and florescents,
as well as the more traditional acrylic pigments of painting. Peacock
states that his painting process, which he considers to be an extension
of the approach to painting of Jackson Pollock and particularly New
York artist, Lawrence Poons, is "a natural process of paint reheology
used to derive forms of positive value and aesthetic quality. By this
I attempt to derive an original statement which reflects the positive
characteristics of the human condition."
makes his paintings by composing layers upon layers of acrylic color
laid on canvas placed horizontally on the floor. The layers, when
dried, reveal color through color to produce 'crazing'. These dried
formations are then cut, shaped and undulated and then mounted on
a plywood stretcher, and may be collaged and edited to produce a resolution
of the pictorial image. This process takes several months and in some
cases works are developed over a year or more.