Detail from 'Casa Cantoniera', Silkscreen on paper.
Serendipity is Peppes favourite word to explain his obsession with the practice of silkscreen in the later stage of his life. His former years saw him professionally as a banker and trade commissioner, living globally from Caracas to Milan, Tokyo to Sydney and finally Wimbledon. Throughout his working life he made time to paint and occasionally held exhibitions. Fast forward to 2008 when he entered my studio at our annual Open event. His eagerness to translate his years as a painter into explorations within Silkscreen was wonderful. I knew nothing of his work but we struck up a creative dialogue that led to a handful of sessions at my studio, honing Peppes skill as a printmaker and sharing a few of my trade secrets along the way. His first transition from paint to print became Uluru. Last week we met again and Peppe presented me with Casa Cantoniera, my favourite of his printed works. By boldly committing loose, gestural brush marks to screen and applying them with varying subtleties of colour and tone he simply makes bloody good prints(!). View more here and keep an open eye for new Screenprints premiering mid-May. Well done Peppe.