Peter Kavanagh |

United Kingdom

December 2018

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Peter Kavanagh

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I was born in England of Irish parents in 1960, growing up in and being influenced by the cultures of both England and Ireland. I worked for many years as a children's book illustrator and author. Currently I manage an illustration agency looking after the projects of around 25 artists. I've had over one hundred and fifty titles published, recent books being George and the Dragon, Craig's Crocodile and Ella's Games. I've illustrated authors such as Dick King-Smith, Jacqueline Wilson and Tony Bradman. I regularly visit schools and libraries and work with children on books and drawing. I enjoy teaching and have created courses in drawing, painting and writing childrens books. I enjoy visiting local art groups and run life drawing classes for adults.


In my paintings I like to have a sense of a story going on within the picture, a bit of character, a bit of mystery. This adds greatly to the charm of the picture and keeps the viewer engaged for longer. My favourite subject to paint is the nude. We love Nature and most people will admire a landscape or a flower or a wild animal. My nudes are admiration of our own bit of Nature, which is just as beautiful and should be enjoyed without shame. I prefer to paint directly from life to experience the presence of the model. This demands working quickly before the model tires and the gesture of the pose is lost. Gesture is the magic ingredient that brings a nude to life!


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