Peter Markey (1930-2016) studied painting at Swansea Art College and taught art for 25 years in secondary schools. He left teaching in 1980 and began making simple wooden automata after someone innocently suggested that he try making his footballer sculptures move.
Peter had many exhibitions of his mechanical work and his paintings. His work is known for it’s simplicity of design and the use of bright colours. He made little attempt at realistic representation and never carved the wood he used. This means that square-shaped wood results in square-headed people and animals.
Small in size but definitely not lacking in character, this cheeky smile has all the trademarks of a Peter Markey piece. Simple, colourful and playful.
Painted in emulsion, there are some marks and wear to the painting itself. We thought about re-framing and glazing the painting but due to the frame's homemade feel, we thought it may have been made by Peter so decided to leave it as is.
It's the simplicity of this painting that really makes it stand out, sure to brighten up any wall and add some fun to any interior.
Measures approximately 33.5cm wide, 27cm tall and 1cm deep.