IT’S been quite a week for Brighouse artist Peter Brook.
The biggest show of his work ever to be shown in his home town has just opened.
And now he’s been approached by the Tate Gallery in London for permission to use one of his paintings in its desk diary for 2009.
“The offer came out of the blue,” said Peter. “It’s a great honour to be selected by one of the world’s great galleries to be included in one of their prestigious publications.”
Peter is renowned for his depictions of Pennine landscapes, often with snow falling. They show a nostalgic view of a fast-disappearing era of mills, stone walls and hill farms.
Many local people will remember Peter from his days as an art teacher at Sowerby Bridge and Rastrick.
He draws his inspiration from the Pennine landscapes, the mills, the moors and the stone walls.
When asked by his pupils what they should paint he’d say: “Just look around you”.
The desk diary featuring his painting will be sold through the Tate Gallery’s shops from next August.
The news from the Tate came as Peter was opening a major exhibition of his paintings and prints at the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse.
A packed gallery watched as a limited edition print, Going Home, was unveiled.
It features Peter and his dog walking home through Bradley Wood, Brighouse, in the snow.
The exhibition, which runs until December 1, consists of nearly 100 of Peter’s paintings and prints and is the biggest show of his work ever seen in his home town.
Steven Lord, owner of The Harrison Lord Gallery, said: “We are delighted to be able to hold this Peter Brook exhibition. He is a much-loved figure locally and people really connect with his paintings of the Yorkshire landscape.”