viewing: 15th March 2012 17-20:00
Pete Dover discovered print as an exciting language for artistic expression on his Foundation course in 1980. Silkscreen was his first taste of print processes quickly followed by etching and collagraphy at Leeds Polytechnic. At the Royal College he applied collographic processes to both etchings and relief prints. This immersion in process has informed his entire arts practice ever since 1988.
This exhibition will attempt to display one print for every year since 1980; 31 in all
Over the last thirty one years, he has been primarily concerned with landscape and the environment, natural and manmade. A geological fascination with landscape, its erosion and industrial transformative processes translated through print techniques is evident throughout his work. In particular he continues to explore land at the margins of water as well as examining the margins between nature and humanity, ensuring a consistency that is underpinned with enquiry and experimentation.
Pete, engages with landscape as both subject and substance. From selecting sections of the landscape and designating it Art – the SAD sites (Sites of Art Designate) – to incorporating elements of the environment, his works are frequently site specific with their distinctive use of sand, driftwood and other found objects. He has produced work as a result of travels to Brittany and Andalucia, but is constantly drawn back to the Wirral peninsula and the rivers Dee and Mersey, the sources of not only prints but also paintings, artist books and, latterly, sound pieces. A native of New Brighton, with a family background of work in the shipyards, Dover has a deep personal connection with his subject matter.