Peter Wray & Judy Collins - COLLABORATIVE PAINTINGS
These paintings are the result of a recent and ongoing collaboration between Peter Wray and his partner and fellow-artist, Judy Collins, an experienced and talented painter-printmaker. Although their backgrounds are very different, their response to materials, art process and landscape is very close, and they have learned much from each other in the creation of these images.
Drawing on the landscapes of Penwith and Cleveland has allowed their individual practices to move toward a meeting point and a natural progression towards painting together in a collaborative manner. Peterís own interest in the personal significance of harbours and sheltered places, and Judy's awareness of the 'edges' of things; sea/land, man/nature, etc., and the extremes of weather, merge effectively in the harbours and inlets of Penwith and the Cornish coastal regions.
A simple way to explain the actual process of the unusual practice of two artists working collaboratively on one painting is, perhaps, to describe it as a 'conversation'. The subject is understood and they 'talk' through ideas with paint, textures, etc., each starting with an idea and exploring it until the other takes over the idea and expands it, this is repeated just like an ongoing dialogue until a conclusion is reached.