Although I grew up in the city, I was a country boy at heart. Now I live where my heart and imagination have always resided and go to the city only to visit museums and galleries and to pick up art supplies. I fish, hunt, canoe and beach-comb. I hike through forests, across tundra, along rocky shorelines. I note the moods of the changing weather and seasons and marvel how a well-beloved landscape can change its appearance from one day to the next, one hour to the next. This is my world and this is what I paint.
As Picasso said, “I don’t search for things, I find them.” Once I get to know an area I recognize almost instinctively what I want to paint. The more familiar you are with an area or landscape, the more aware you are of its details, its nuances. You develop a sense of its intrinsic nature—its soul. And I’ve come to realize that I’m not only trying to portray the visual world in my painting, I’m saying something about my spiritual response to the land and its dynamic harmonies, as well.
I believe that every work of art should in some way be a revelation. It should change us in some degree–both viewer and artist.
Peter Gough was born in Nova Scotia in 1947. He has a home and studio in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
Gough began his art education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, having received a scholarship to the college in 1969. Three years later, Gough attended Andrews University in Michigan, USA and continued his fine art education under the influence of sculpture Allan Collins, who designed the Kennedy Memorial for John F. Kennedy at Runnymede.
A realist painter, Gough is influenced by his rural surroundings and is constantly aware of the challenges it faces by urban progress. Firmly rooted in the physical reality of the places he chooses, at a moment in time, his paintings are imbued with a luminosity that transcends realism.
"I am an artist. What I paint are the places where salmon live and once used to thrive.
My father fished this river many times and I have walked across it at the age of 12 trying to keep up with him. Destiny has brought me back here again. "
“His work is sheer magic. The magic lies in the essence of light.”
Tom Butterfield, Masterwork Foundation, Bermuda
Gough has exhibited in the United States, Scotland, England and Canada. He is represented in galleries across Canada the US and the U.K. His works are in many private, corporate and public collections throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. One of his paintings was presented to his Royal Highness, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh on his royal tour to Canada in 1997.
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