Peter Driver is a multidisciplinary artist and collaborator based at OpenHand OpenSpace in Reading. His creative impulse begins with drawing and incorporates walking, performance, painting and woodcut printmaking. Most often he creates prints and paintings with short texts set within a visual context that might combine geometric abstraction with the found-patterns occurring within woodgrain or other natural forms. In both the graphic and performative elements of his practice, he operates in the tradition of the Fool and Mischief-Maker, seeking the transformative in the apparently futile and trite. He intends the work to be imbued with a sense of gift and generosity; that he is journeying and working for others, for 'us'. Even when the text is a surreptitious punch on the nose, he intends to deliver it with love. The work comes from a love of humanity coupled with a tendency to dissent; both vestiges of a lost faith. He is committed to reaching non-exclusive audiences so you might find him in the street, handing out free woodcut prints to passers-by, or seeking public venues for his projects, such as K6 Gallery in two decommissioned phoneboxes.
When not creating his own work, he achieves his objectives by making opportunities for others, particularly for recent graduates and emerging artists.
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