Peter Coker

We went to see the exhibition of the work of Peter Coker yesterday at the Minories Gallery in Colchester, thinking that it is probably the only time that it will be possible to see a good representative collection of his work. But we went away not much the wiser about his strengths as an artist, partly because the exhibition is split on two floors, with a loan exhibition on the ground floor and a selling one upstairs, and partly because he seems to have painted in a number of different styles, depending on his subject matter, with works from his extensive travels in France and more local studies, which looked stronger and less derivative.

This is the Persian Bowl and Red Tablecloth (1976):-

And the etching of his son, Nick, to whom he was so devoted and which hangs in our bathroom:-


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