Peter Layzell - A6 Art on a Ukulele Print
'Malcolm Lowry he Lived Nightly'
Ukulele: Kala Concert.Archival Inkjet Print
Peter Layzell is a British born artist who was inspired to become a painter at an early age by his "Grandad Les" who painted in a shed at the bottom of his garden.Graduating from Coventry Polytechnic in Fine Art under Alan Dyer and Harry Weinberger in 1984, Layzell has since exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the National Portrait Gallery's annual Exhibition and with Portal Painters in London, Edinburgh and Boston.
Peter's travels in Northern Europe allowed him to pursue and develop his interest in Flemish Renaissance paintings further; particularly the polished panel paintings of Van Eyck, Bouts, Roger Van Der Weyden and Gerard David.He works in a variety of media but uses mainly oil paints on wood panel.The influence of the Dutch masters on Peter's work is clear to see; the dimly lit childhood figures in his paintings emanate a melancholic quality reminiscent of Vermeer and Rembrandt. In referencing this style, Layzell carves out a distinctly unique identity within the context of contemporary and modern portrait painters.
Artist statement: 'My piece is dedicated to the memory of the novelist Malcolm Lowry. This year saw the sixtieth anniversary of his death. Lowry lived a troubled life blighted by alcoholism, and his best known novel 'Under the Volcano' reflects this. Despite his troubles, I always felt that his chosen epitaph: "Malcolm Lowry he lived nightly and drank daily and died playing the ukulele" reflects both his torment and a more playful side to his character. My piece celebrates him, his day and night temperament, and his epitaph.'