Charley Peters

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Charley Peters is a painter based in London. Starting from an interest in the legacy of the hard-edge, Charley Peters’ work considers the manifestation of abstract language in the context of contemporary visual media. Exploring the spatial potential of the painted surface through oppositions of colour, structure and technique, her meticulously made paintings are developed intuitively in layers with no pre-conceived understanding of a resolved ‘image’. Works begin by laying down fields of colour before the support’s surface is divided into distinct compositional areas, which are treated as individual aspects of a whole painting. Successive layers of paint become progressively more refined and work continues until a resolved formal relationship is established between individual painted elements. The works exist in several different temporal registers, where areas of repeated geometric information slow down the experience of both making and viewing the more impulsive, gestural areas of painting; Peters uses the logic of hard edged principles to structure an often illogical creative process.

Characteristically in her work Peters uses graphic, hard edged shapes to delineate and control space on the painting’s surface; she is interested in the tension between a perceived meaninglessness – in that these motifs don’t literally represent anything in the real world – and a more metaphorical or symbolic presence onto which ‘meaning’ is placed. The material and illusionary properties of paint are important to the artist as a means of interrogating experiences of reading space, substance and abstract form in contemporary visual culture, in which the once radical symbols of formal hard edged abstraction have become aestheticised and familiar signifiers of the dematerialised post-digital image world.

Peters exhibits internationally, showing recently at Saatchi Gallery (London), Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art (Coventry), PaintLounge at Sluice Expo 2018 (Berlin), dalla Rosa Gallery (London), Z20 Sara Zanin Gallery (Rome), Yantai Art Museum (Yantai), Art 2 (New York) and Boecker Contemporary (Heidelberg). Peters has contributed writing about painting to online and print publications that include Instantloveland, A-N, Turps Banana and Abstract Critical. She is a peer reviewer for The Journal of Contemporary Painting, on the editorial board of Turps Banana and an independent curator, recently curating the group exhibition Merge Visible, Contemporary British Painting through a Virtual Window for the Contemporary British Painting group. Peters completed a PhD in Fine Art Theory and Practice in 2006, which explored notions of interior space in art and its relationship to Freud’s writings on The Uncanny. She has held academic posts lecturing in Fine Art and Critical Theory at institutions including University of the Arts London, Manchester Metropolitan University and Victoria and Albert Museum, and visiting lectureships at Royal College of Art, and University of Wales Institute Cardiff. She is currently Course Leader of MA IVM at LCC/University of the Arts London, a visiting tutor at City & Guilds of London Art School (BA and MA Fine Art), a visiting painting mentor at Turps Art School and External Examiner on BA (Hons) Painting, Brighton University.


Selected Press
2019 Charismatic Megapigment
2019 ITV Creates: Charley Peters
2019 Delphian Magazine, Charley Peters and Remi Rough in conversation
2019 Charley Peters, Diary of a Painting
2018 DATEAGLE ART interview Charley Peters 




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