Painter Graham Peacock has been teaching painting at the University of Alberta since 1969, when he arrived in Canada from England.
Perhaps not strictly speaking underrated, Peacock has been exhibiting throughout Canada on a regular basis since 1971. In 2003 he had an exhibition of recent work at the New New Painting Museum in Toronto, and in 2005 had a retrospective at the Ernest Poole gallery in Edmonton.
An installation shot from the Toronto exhibition. Image: grahampeacock.com
We discovered him after speaking with the young Montreal-based painter Wil Murray, for whom Peacock was a big influence.
And we love his mixed media poured canvases that incorporate foam, reflective surfaces and glass beads. Part sculpture, part painting, they seem to be rather magical objects, reminding us of tribal masks, or shields. They also recall work by the Colour Field Painters and Jackson Pollock, who was an influence.
His work is in public and corporate collections all across the country.
For Peacock’s website, please click HERE.