Pete Codling has accepted an invitation to work in SPACE gallery in Eldon Building at the University of Portsmouth, where he is creating a giant charcoal drawing directly onto the main wall.
The artist was a student here between 1986 -1994 and now works as an established artist and sculptor in the public realm. This is part of a period of evaluation; a return to basics and personal work with his love of drawing. You are welcome to come in and help the artist and talk to him about the piece. He will be working here for several hours each day. The gallery will be open from 10-4pm daily, however, if you would like to make specific appointment with Pete please contact him on 078 1113 5406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete studied at the Portsmouth College of Art, East London Polytechnic, Wimbledon School of Art and the University of Portsmouth and has a Masters Degree in Art Design and Media, and is a visiting lecturer in 3D sculpture and Fine Art. He creates a range of public artworks from the miniature to the epic; from large scale public commissions to artist interventions and installations. His body of work has attracted national awards and recognition from CABE, The Arts Council of England and the private sector.
The project in SPACE this week is part of a retrospective and homage to the colourful history of one of the oldest parts of this art school building and a return to Pete's old student studio space. The work comments on aspects of contemporary art and a junction in his own journey exploring his past and developing a new work. Pete explains "I will be in SPACE using the most traditional and basic art form - drawing. It remains the fundamental tool in art school education and the international basis of art language for the world at large, therefore a fitting closing signature at the end of this semester and then again next year, an epitaph to 'the space' that was".
For further information www.petecodling.co.uk