Peter Haigh 1914-1994
Trained as a textile sample dyer before becoming an artist, Haigh’s skills equipped him with a sophisticated eye for colour and his sensitivity for tonal variation.
Haigh grew up near Huddersfield in Yorkshire. He sold his first painting aged fifteen, but despite precocious beginnings, the intervention of the War impeded his progress in becoming an artist. He attended Hatherley's School of Art (1946-9) under Iain MacNab, before going to Goldsmiths' School of Art where he met his future wife Patricia (who later became a commercial painter).
At the beginning of the 1950s, following a show at Wildenstein, Haigh was given financial support to work in France for six months by a wealthy benefactor from the Shell Oil Company.
Between 1949-55 his work was included in a number of mixed exhibitions including, RBA, NS, US, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, Beaux Arts, Zwemmer Gallery, Leicester Galleries and The Redfern Gallery.
Haigh’s early paintings were in the manner of Walter Sickert, whose work (along with Augustus John's) he much admired, but gradually he moved toward geometric abstraction, typically in a muted palette. Haigh was a meticulous craftsman, noting each time he worked on a painting so that he could return to it, utilising all available time from morning light until late in the afternoon.
In 1988 The Pride Gallery held a major retrospective. Ambiente Gero, Galeria de Arte, Valencia held a further show in 1991.
Peter HaighJuly '94signed, dated and numbered 48 versooil on canvas51 x 61 cms (20 x 24 ins)
framed: 55 x 65 cms (21¾ x 25½ ins)
Peter HaighOct '87signed, dated and numbered 36 versooil on canvas101.5 x 66 cms (40 x 26 ins)
framed: 108 x 73 cms (42½ x 29 ins)
Peter HaighMarch '94signed, dated and numbered 14 verso46 x 51 cms (18 x 20 ins)
framed: 51 x 56 cms (20 x 22 ins)
Peter HaighMar '83Signed & dated 1983
numbered 6 versooil on canvas91.5 x 76 cms (36 x 30 ins)
framed size: 98 X 82.5 cms (38½ x 32½ ins)
Peter HaighOctober '94signed, dated and numbered 62 versooil on canvas102 x 81 cms (40 x 32 ins)
framed: 106.5 x 86.5 cms (42 x 34 ins)
Peter HaighApril '82signed, dated & numbered 62 verso
oil on canvas40.5 x 56 cms (16 x 22 ins)
framed: 54 x 70 cms (21 x 27½ ins)
Peter Haigh, Paintings 84-944 - 18 Mar 2015Focusing on the last decade of his career, when he was arguably at his most prolific and capable, the thirty paintings in this exhibition are a culmination of his own statement that, ‘every finished picture is a study for the next’. This continuity is visually reflected in Haigh’s consistent exploration...