Peter Coviello (1930 – 2006)
Peter began his artistic career at Guildford School of Art with a traditional art school training for the times, and his own work was in the same mould throughout his early career. In the 1950s, exposure to the American Abstract Expressionists via Mark Rothko changed his perspective on painting overnight and his work began to explore the themes and ideas he was being exposed to. He was recognised fairly quickly, and his work was bought for collections such as the Tate, The Arts Council Collection and the Peter Stuvesant Collection of Modern Art. In 1960, Peter was part of the ground breaking exhibition Situation, which took place at the RBA (Royal Society of British Artists) Galleries, London.
Mid-career, he spent some time working as a potter in Canada and, with his usual exemplary skill, he established himself to great accomplishment in that area for 10 years. When he came back to the UK, after a time in London, he came to live in west Wales having returned to painting as his main medium. The next couple of decades saw him moving between London and Wales before he came to Rhos in Ceredigion where he stayed until his death in 2006.
Peter Coviello, Untitled 2000