Artist Peter Prest

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.peterprest.com

  • Year Born: 1945

  • My style is expressive, focusing on colour, shape.and feeling.

  • I paint in several media, from watercolour to mixed media to collage.

  • I do not use glass to protect my work; rather, I paint on specially prepared canvas and boards.

  • Price Range: $300.00 - $1,500.00


Peter Prest is a Calgary artist working in watercolours and watermedia. His interest is in catching the prevailing mood of each piece by focusing on its inherent energies and tensions.
He works predominantly on watercolour canvas and various panels. These surfaces provide him with new ways to release the energy resident in each piece.
Peter's work is  displayed with ArtMatch, Framed on Fifth  and Leighton Art Centre in the Calgary area as well as on this website. His paintings have been selected for a number of solo and group exhibitions; he does instruct occasional workshops and painting demonstrations when requested.
Artist's Statement
When I was young, I loved drawing  human and animal figures, urbanscapes and  landscapes. I was always doodling and daydreaming. By the time I started high school, though, I reluctantly realized I had to take my academic studies more seriously, and so my art materials got packed away with the rest of my childhood.
When I retired I reopened that forgotten world, and began to make art again. It was exhilarating to play with line and shape and colour and know that I could do so without feeling guilty.  I had no idea how much I had missed it, but each day since then has been a confirmation, a reconnection and a re-igniting of my original passion for art.
There are two elements in my  artistic development that contribute to my work daily:
-  I was introduced to the potential of watercolour by several fine teachers. I fell in love with the medium,  and will continue to learn from it for as long as I paint. No one really masters watercolour; it remains a thing apart, and therein lies its beauty.
-   About six years into painting, I discovered alternative watercolour surfaces (canvas, board and collage), with the result that I rarely paint on paper any more. Each surface [...]

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