Peter van Breda at Chelsea

The River Thames is rushing past the Chelsea Flower show just outside the Bullring Gate. Flowing under Albert and Chelsea bridges it moves along timeless and deep. Summer sun bounces across the surface, sparkling and shimmering and perhaps just for this week the river’s surface captures briefly the colour and beauty of what is happening just above it at the Royal Hospital.

Light on water and the bridges of London that criss cross the Thames have always been of foremost interest to Peter in his painting. He first came to us in the City at Gladwell’s and charmed the gallery with his scenes of St. Paul’s and Tower Bridge, amongst others. The Pool of London may be a bit behind us now but Peter has kept up to date with where the gallery is today.


For the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Peter is working on a painting of the Serpentine at Hyde Park, colourful deck chairs and relaxed visitors are enjoying the summer sun. His work on the underpainting has been focused on the tonal values with  French Ultramarine and Raw Sienna being the key colours. His sketches from a day in the Park provide the references for the work to come. The contrast between the darkest area and the lightest is what creates the light on the canvas.

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It is always an exciting week for Peter and one he looks forward to. Peter was our lucky artist this year and has been busy painting on press preview day. Always one for some celebrity spotting and a glimpse or two of the Royal party we set off with his pochard box to see if we could capture Chelsea on canvas. A collection of en plain air sketches and drawings will enable him to continue work in the studio and we will be delighted to share this with you when it is completed.


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