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HEARD, Peter

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Peter Heard is probably the UK's finest and most prolific painter of lighthouses today and was a leader of the British na´ve-modern school with Beryl Cook and Martin Leman. He is well-known in the USA as well as Britain - not just for lighthouses, but for for his pictures of boats, women, landscapes, buildings, cars and animals.

He was born in London in 1939. A Chartered Civil Engineer by profession, Peter began painting in the early 1970s. Apart from golf he has spent most of his spare time ever since on an almost full-time second career in art.

He quickly gained international recognition and a string of celebrity clients. Jackie Collins and Nick Mason, drummer of the legendary band Pink Floyd, were two collectors from Peter's five hugely successful solo exhibitions at the famous Portal Gallery in London's Bond Street, a leading gallery of the na´ve genre.

Peter is entirely self-taught and is well known for his graphic compositions, bright use of colour, minute attention to detail, fabulous blue skies and speckless finish.

His work is very popular in the USA and it was there that intense inspiration struck for his recent and prolific collection of lighthouse paintings - Solitary Giants. Following early retirement, a holiday on the lighthouse-strewn barrier islands of North Carolina's Outer Banks proved to be a life-changing experience for the engineer-artist.

Several dozen British, American, Canadian and Irish lighthouse paintings followed over six years and they premiered as a collection at Artists Harbour Gallery in 2004. Peter says that his preceding 25 years of painting served only as an apprenticeship for this artistic achievement.