PETER MESSER

Peter Messer’s paintings are mostly on a domestic scale, resolutely figurative and, by implication, narrative. He uses the historic medium of egg tempera which he prepares in the studio using egg yolk and raw pigment. The resulting paintings tend to be intense and meticulous, with a compellingly flat, arrested quality. Most of these paintings are set around and within his home town of Lewes.


 

Born in 1954, Peter Messer studied Fine Art at the University of Brighton. His work is frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and he has been a finalist in the Hunting, Garrick Milne, Lyn Painter-Stainers and Singer and Friedlander Prize exhibitions. In 1998 he won the Sotheby's-sponsored Chichester Art Prize and in 2000 was commissioned to provide twelve paintings for the Sussex Book of Revelations, an Arts Council Millennium Project which toured Sussex libraries. In 2004 he completed a commission for the House of Lords.

He lives and works in Lewes, Sussex and has paintings in collections in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden and the US, as well as the UK. In 2007 he published “On the Way to Work. The Lewes Paintings of Peter Messer”.

Interview by journalist John May

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PAINTINGS

Title: The Lewes Giant 

Size: 980mm x 770mm

Medium: Egg tempera on gesso panel

Price: £3250

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Title: Parasol

Size: 885mm x 335mm

Medium: Egg tempera on gesso panel

Price: £2250

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Title: Not Listening

Size: 885mm x 525mm                                                                             

Medium: Egg tempera on gesso panel

Price: £2400

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Title: Meeting on a Dull Day                                        

Size: 500mm x 485mm                                                                                                            

Medium: Egg tempera on gesso panel

Price: £1350

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Title: Green Bank                                       

Size: 330mm x430mm                                                                                                          

Medium: Egg tempera on gesso panel

Price: £1050

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Title: A Parliament of Rooks                                      

Size: 530mm x 430mm                                                                                                          

Medium: Egg tempera on gesso panel

Price: £1650

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Title: Permeable                                           

Size: 835mm x 585mm                                                                                                          

Medium: Egg tempera on gesso panel

Price: £2750

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Title: The Nearby Tree                                          

Size: 735mm x 530mm                                                                                                   

Medium: Egg tempera on gesso panel

Price: £2400

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Title: I Went to Heaven – ‘Twas a Small Town                                        

Size: 735mm x 530mm                                                                                                 

Medium: Egg tempera on gesso panel

Price: £2400

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