Charley Peters is a painter based in London. Starting from an interest in the legacy of Modernism, her work considers the manifestation of the abstract in the context of contemporary visual media, such as TV, the Internet and computer desktops. Her meticulously made paintings reflect the graphically complex world in which we now live, where we simultaneously see multiple ‘windows’ on computer screens, smartphones and digital tablets. These windows often display disparate images all at once, each with their own temporal, spatial, and visual registers.
By juxtaposing the familiar sensibilities of the Hard Edge, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art with aesthetics suggestive of the development of the information age, Peters references the language of High Modernism in the context of the recent phenomena of the high tech, filtered through the analogue act of painting. She presents paint as ‘information’ for us to decode as part of our current digital, graphic culture.
Alongside the technical precision involved in making her work, Peters’ paintings are developed intuitively in layers with no preconceived understanding of a resolved ‘image’. Works begin by laying down fields of colour before the support’s surface is divided into distinct compositional areas, treated as individual aspects of a whole painting. Successive layers of paint become progressively refined and colour palettes more saturated until a resolved formal relationship is established between individual painted elements. Peters is interested in the tension between a perceived meaninglessness and a more 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. These properties respond to the once radical symbols of formal abstraction, which have become aestheticised signifiers of the dematerialised post-digital image world.
Peters exhibits internationally, showing recently at Saatchi Gallery (London), Eagle Gallery at London Art Fair (London), Hauser & Wirth Showroom (London), Fold Gallery (London), Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art (Coventry), Z20 Sara Zanin Gallery (Rome), Yantai Art Museum (Yantai), Art 2 (New York) and National Museum of Gdansk (Gdansk). 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 and on the editorial board of Turps Banana. 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 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.
2020 Art Fictions Podcast
2020 Creative Catalyst Podcast
2019 The Delphian Podcast: Questions about the art world you were afraid to ask/Special edition
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