Kina has a few artists that we support who have more than one artistic member in the family. Peter Lambert is one of these, his daughter Rachel, is a jeweller…but that's another story.
As for Peter, he is well known, prolific and local.
After studying at Canterbury University (graduating with a BSC in pure Mathematics) Peter worked in broadcasting and travelled extensively.
Luckily for those that appreciate great art, Peter has worked as a full time painter and print-maker since 1982, based right here in Taranaki.
Peter still enjoys the travel with visits to the big cities of New York and Berlin. He recalls the excitement he experienced in New York 1972 and seeing street art materialise in subway stations, on trains and city buildings.
More recently Peter has worked on a number of projects with young street/graffiti artists in New Zealand. While walking the streets of New Plymouth keep an eye out for some of the artworks produced.
You may have viewed his exhibition 'Berlin' at KINA last year; this exhibition was the result of time spent in Berlin in 2011. While there he sketched many drawings of people in their daily interactions with each other and their city environment. Since returning to New Zealand he has developed these drawings into etchings, screen prints and paintings that reflect the vibe of a city that is constantly redefining itself.
Peter is often seen out and about with his sketch book capturing a quick line drawing of people 'doing what they do' or the local landscape of Taranaki. He has always drawn and enjoys the fluidity of lines. His love of the landscape of the region is captured in his silhouettes of the mountain in different lights. Two of his most recent works in this style are Early Morning Taranaki from Komene Road and Sunrise from Paora Road. With low editions of 18 and 20 respectively make sure you get in quick if you want one on your wall, we have sold a few already!
Following on from his successful Kina exhibition Peter's ideas have developed further, for an up coming exhibition in Auckland later this year.
We will keep you up to date with new works from Peter as we get them. Publishing them online, for those of you that have left the region, so you too can enjoy the magical light we get to experience most mornings and evenings here in Taranaki.
Early Morning Taranaki from Komene Road, Taranaki, 2013