Barry A. Peckham R.O.I. S.E.A.
Barry was born in the New Forest where he still lives and works . He is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Society of Equestrian Artist. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy, The Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Pastel Society and the Royal West of England Academy.
Barry has won many prizes for his work , including – The Cuneo Medal for the best collection of paintings at the S.E.A,The Best Oil Painting at the S.E.A, The Best Pastel Painting at the S.E.A, Prize for an outstanding painting at the R.O.I, Lyra Best Drawing Prize at the S.E.A, Champange Mumm Marine Artist of the Year 1990.
His subjects include – landscape, marine, equine and wildlife. He works mainly in oils and watercolours and occasionally in pastel. He exhibits throughout the U.K. and also in the Netherlands. Most of his paintings are produced out of doors working in the landscape with the final touches being added in the studio.
Amongst these artists are John Emms (1841-1912) an animal and sporting artist who painted riding, hunting and dog scenes. Arthur Batt (1846-1911) a Brockenhurst artist who started painting forest and rural views and then moved on to animal studies especially donkeys. Similar to Peckham, Frederick Golden Short (1863-1936) a keen painter of woodland, open forest and occasional coastline scenes, traveled extensively across the forest to capture his scenes. Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958) a talented horse painter preferred the natural horse to the thoroughbred which is also notable in Peckham's landscape scenes.
The majority of his work is associated with the New Forest and Solent shores but he seems equally at home, on his painting trips, with the big skies of Norfolk, the quay at St.Ives, Cornwall and the Yorkshire Dales to name a few.
Full membership of the R.O.I., puts him within a group of some of the finest contemporary British artists of the day, while full membership of the Equestrian Society shows recognition of his horse compositions. Terence Cuneo presented Peckham with the ëCuneo medal' for equestrian painting, a true accolade from one of the 20th Century's leading oil painters. His C.V illustrates he is doing all the right things to be remembered in the future and he is already noted in many reference books including ëWho's Who in Art'.
Barry Peckham is proving to be a worthy successor to a notable line of New forest painters. He seems to have taken the strengths of these artists and used them to build his own style and character. Characteristics such as confident brushstrokes, hazy backgrounds and powerful sky's combined with his understanding of horse movement and their anatomy can all be seen in Peckham's work. His love of the forest with its vegetation and traditions liken him to the forest artists before him.