Peter Barrett, born in 1935 and studied from the Rhode Island School of Design, is a British illustrator, a naturalist, a wildlife painter, a children's book author and a graphic designer.
Peter Barrett as an Illustrator and a Children's Book Author
Mr. Barrett's career as an illustrator started after illustrating and writing a book written for very young children which comprised of three series. The book was published by Ward Lock and in no time, his books (The Square Ben Drew, The Circle Sara Drew and The Line Sophie Drew) received recognition and became popular. With this, Peter Barrett started concentrating on illustrations and animal art. He illustrated many non fiction children's books, specializing in horses, dogs and dinosaurs. The biographical perspective of his work was published in 1986, which was titled ''Travels With a Wildlife Artist: The Living Landscape of Greece.'' By the 1980s and 1990s, his stature as a children's book illustrator and as an animal artist started growing hand in hand. Mr. Barrett illustrated collections and reprints of famous animal stories by Desmond Morris, James Herriot and Gerald Durrell. A number of books were illustrated by him under the extremely popular 'Little Golden Books' label for children. The 1987 Random House edition by Kenneth Grahame has also been illustrated by him.
Peter Barrett As A Painter
Peter Barrett tends to explore a specific artistic territory between psychedelic pop culture and sacred geometry, digital technology and analog, computer-generated art and Tantric art. His paintings are filled with mystery, beauty and magic. If seen from a certain distance, it would seem that the paintings are nothing but digital prints, but when observed closely, the texture starts becoming clear. Every inch of his painting is considered, accounted for, mapped and worked with orderly layers of pattern and paint. Without the smell of the paint or without observing the paints closely, it is hard to tell whether the painting is machine-made or human-made.
Collectible Plate Series
The Woodland Year collection Series:
The Woodland Year Signature edition series by Peter Barrett was certified on 10th of April, 1981. This comprises of a collection of twelve plates which have been crafted in fine porcelain and have been decorated around the borders with 24 Karen gold. These plates bear the original art by Mr. Barrett and were issued as a limited edition by Mr. Franklin Porcelain.
The set includes Fawns in the June Meadow, The Butterfly Chase in May, Rabbits in July Field, Striped Skunks at March Stream, Squirreling for Nuts in January, Curious Raccoons at an April Pond, American Marten in the November Pines, Cozy Dormouse in the December Woods, The Friendly Chipmunks in August, The
Playful Badgers in October, Woodchucks in the February Thaw and the Otter at a September Waterfall.
The Country Year Collection Series:
This collection comprises of twelve beautiful porcelain plates which portray the entire beauty and panorama of the countryside. This collection has been commissioned by Franklin Porcelain as well. It aims on portraying the different moods of the countryside each month. The collection consists of A Country Lane in December, A Country Church in March, September of the Moors, A Country Path in May, June in a Country Garden, The Colors of Autumn in October, February on the Coast, July beside the River, June in a Cottage Garden, Secluded Stream in November, the Wheatfields in August and January's Lambing season.