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Flooded Pools, 2014, Acrylic and collage on wood panel, 64cm x 104cm (Price: £8,500)

The extraordinary marsh landscape of Western France and its rare salt pans is coming to London, in the

form of paintings by highly regarded abstract painter, Peter Joyce.

Jenna Burlingham Fine Art is holding its first solo exhibition in London for Joyce entitled Moving South’.

The exhibition is to be held at Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St Jamess, London, SW1Y 6BN on

Wednesday, May 6 - Sunday, May 10 2015.

Peter Joyce who is fast being recognised as one to watch by collectors and interior decorators - is well

known and highly regarded among Modern British artists. His work is exhibited at all the main London

art fairs and held in private and public collections all over the world. He is someone who prefers to be

outside, especially in the Marais Breton Vendeen in western France where his studio is. This

extraordinary marshland landscape pervades his work, apparently subliminally for he makes his paintings

behind the closed doors of his large workspace. Although he sees himself as an abstract painter, the

English tradition of landscape painting and a recognizable nod towards post war Modern British Art are

unmistakable. This said, Joyce is very much an artist working in 21st Century Europe.

The title of the exhibition refers not only to the physical move the artist Peter Joyce has made from

Dorset to La Vendee in France but also to the noticeable influence this move has had on his work. The

palette is brighter, the paintings are more open and this is the consequence of the combination of his

proximity to the sea, the longer sunshine hours, the warmth and the quality of the light.

Twenty-two paintings reveal Joyce’s concentrated study of the salt pan areas. It is an extraordinary area

of polders and wet meadows crossed by canals and ditches, which Joyce has thoroughly explored and

researched by walking, mapping and photographing. The exhibition is carefully put together as a whole,

although each painting in itself is a complete piece of work.

Left to Right: Suspended Lines 2014, Acrylic on Canvas laid to wood panel, 92cm x 92cm (Price: £9,500) & Propriété Privéé 2014, Acrylic on canvas,

200cm x 118cm (Price: £18,000)

Water Primrose, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas laid to wood panel,

28cm x 28cm (Price: £2,000)

The body of work as a whole documents the

area and the titles can evoke a sense of time;

September, Dried Earth and Rosehip Evening, to

name just a few, there are also ones that evoke

the weather; Summer Storm, Storm Light,

Flooded Pools. Other paintings deal with the

changing colour through flora; Water Primrose

(an invasive plant not native to the area that

chokes the waterways with it’s beautiful yellow

flowers) Into Autumn (which is about the pinks

from the fauna and the late summer sun). Still

others are about the place/structure of the

landscape: Fenced pool, Seaweed Catcher,

Divided Digue (Digue is the French for a sea


His resulting work may appear quite abstract, says Jenna Burlingham, Peter Joyce’s main representative,

“and indeed he thinks of himself as an abstract artist. But the pictures would not look like they do if it

was not for the landscape in which he immerses himself and some of them are in fact quite literal

colours, shape, form and texture are all taken directly from life.”

Joyce has a distinctive style, his paintings are created layer by layer and the surface, like the landscape

itself, is worked and re-worked. Drawing, painting and

compositional changes are endlessly made creating

complicated yet enchanting surfaces. Each layer is

changed and often removed as if by erosion mimicking

the landscape itself. The process continues until the

painting reminds him of the place and the place reminds

him of the painting.

Of the exhibition, Joyce says: For me, painting is a

natural extension of my love of the outdoors. I enjoy

weather, wildlife, geography and the seasons. Somehow,

painting is an extension of that.”

Of the Marais Breton Vendeen, he says: “I love being

here, it’s a challenging landscape reclaimed from the sea.

After the Lock Gates, 2014, Acrylic on paper, 38cm x 30cm

(Price: £2,500)

Maybe it isn’t so immediately obvious in terms of aesthetic appearance as my home county of Dorset. It

isn’t hills, valleys and cliff faces, it is endlessly flat and apparently featureless. It rewards perseverance on

the aesthetic level, very much like painting. The area resists easy translation onto canvas. I’m comfortable

with that though, my painting is a seemingly endless set of questions and answers, of working and

reworking and of trial and error. I enjoy the process of struggling with paint, I am a painter, paint is my

medium and I choose the subject of what I see. I love the marsh landscape as much as I loved Dorset.



Wednesday, May 6 to Sunday, May 10 2015


Gallery 8

8 Duke Street St James's




Wednesday, May 6 10am - 6pm

Thursday, May 7 - 10am - 6pm

Friday, May 8 10am 6pm

Saturday, May 9 10am 4pm

Sunday, May 10 11am 3pm

For press enquiries about the exhibition and to register to

attend the Press Preview on Tuesday, May 5, 2015,

please contact: Rachel Aked (

tel: 0044 (0)7790 732448 or

Sandie Maylor (

tel: 0044 (0)7976311172

For more information on Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, please visit

Jenna Burlingham Fine Art who is Peter Joyce’s main representative, specialises in Modern British

paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture as well as work by selected contemporary artists. Jenna has over

20 years experience of the art world having worked in an auction house and then an art dealership in

London, prior to opening her gallery in 2010.

Peter Joyce was born in 1964 in Poole, Dorset, and was educated at Bournemouth & Poole College of

Art & Design from 1980. He went on to study at Stourbridge College of Technology & Art, and qualified

with a Diploma in General Art & Design and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

He has taught at the Bournemouth Arts Institute since graduating, with the position of chairman of

'Room 10 Painting Group' and president of Bournemouth Arts Club. He exhibited regularly throughout

the UK, and previous locations include Bath, Cambridge, Winchester, St Ives, Surrey, Brighton, Cornwall,

Poole, London and New York. His work is held in several corporate collections, some of which include

Lloyds/TSB, National Westminster Bank, Reuters, Binder Hamlyn, Bank of China, Hill Samuel, Cleveland

County Fine Art Collection, Russell Cotes Museum & Art Gallery, Poole Museum Service and Hampshire

County Council. Private collections are spread internationally, throughout the UK, USA and Canada,

India, Saudi Arabia, and across Europe.

February 2015