Peter Kirkland’s oil paintings are both symbolic and abstract. Recalling the work of Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Moore, his works depict complex and powerful visual representations of organic figures. In relation to his latest series, Kirkland comments:
“My recent work investigates ways of creating images expressing cycles of growth and decay. There are two aspects of this. First, the forms I draw or paint derive from botanical and figurative sources, although I try to keep them non-specific so as to have an allusive rather than illustrative effect. Secondly, the technique I employ involves adding and removing layers of paint or charcoal, creating a palimpsest surface suggestive of a succession of phases or generations.”
Peter Kirkland received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree with Honours from York University in Toronto in 1987 and completed the Advanced Studies Program at the Dundas Valley School of Art, ON, in 1992. His work may be found in private collections in Canada and the United States. He currently lives and works in Hamilton, ON.