From this June onwards, the art exhibition at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery showcases work from Graham Crowley, an experienced painter whose career has spanned over 40 years, 10 of which saw him hold the post of Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy of Art and has evolved through many different styles. This exhibition ‘A Love of Many Things’ forms an effective ‘Greatest Hits’ of his past work which will give first time visitors to the gallery, or people previously unfamiliar with Graham’s work a perfect jumping on point to discover the work of a new artist in one place.
The title, ‘A Love of Many Things’ refers to Graham Crowley’s multiple hobbies, interests and obsessions over the past 40 years, many of which have inspired his paintings. Alongside his practice of painting, Graham has had a compelling fascination with philately (stamp collecting), motorbikes and comics such as the Beano and Dandy to name but a few. These interests have very much inspired his artwork over the last 40 years and, with regards to philately and motorbikes, led to him being commissioned to provide artwork for a limited run of stamps commemorating ‘Great British Motorcycles’ for the Isle of Man in 2018.
The artist says, however, “this is not a retrospective, so much as a collection of obsessions and passions. I am asking you, as the viewer, to imagine that you are looking at a group show by five or six painters who have all responded differently to their experience of the last 40 years.”
Alongside Graham’s many paintings, the exhibition will also include some of the subjects which inspired them, including a full size hand made classic custom motorcycle based on a 1937 OK Supreme.
Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is open from 10am - 5pm (Last admission 4.30pm)