Peter Kotka is a major artist recognised in the latest volume of ‘British Artists since 1945’, and his works grace many well-known private collections. He was born in 1951, to an English mother and Estonian father. Touring California, and after achieving some surprising success with a gallery, and early commissioning of works which sold quickly, successful exhibitions followed both in the UK and abroad and his professional career took off. Kokta explored different techniques and followed the detailed style of Dutch landscape painters of the 16th Century, Jacob van Ruysdael in particular. In 2004, Peter Kotka was invited to take part in a prestigious still life exhibition in California, where he was the bestselling artist in the show. He has continued to paint fine wines and still life, and has achieved much acclaim and recognition for his work.
According to a Canadian arts publication:
“Peter Kotka works entirely from life, originally setting up the composition in a black box (type of stage) or similar. His work is built up in layers using grisaille (a style of monochromatic painting in shades of grey, used especially for the representation of relief sculpture) under painting building up the paint layer and eventually glazing on top, working on canvas panels or boards that he produces himself.”
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