Peter Brook 1927-2009

The son of farmers, Peter Brook was brought up in West Yorkshire where he spent most of his life. He was educated at Barnsley Grammar School before moving on to teacher training at Goldsmiths College, part of London University, where he visited galleries and attended life drawing evening classes and further developed his art alongside his teaching career back in Yorkshire. On trips in the countryside with his art students he would tell them to use the same approach he used in his own painting: 'if you want a subject, look around you'.
Brook became a full-time artist in his 40s and in 1962 was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. Agnews, the major London art dealers, began to represent Peter in the late 1960s and their first two shows of his work resulted in over 100 paintings being sold. Further shows in America and Australia followed. In 1974 he was commissioned to design the Oxford University Almanac. Actors Tom Courtney and James Mason were big collectors of his work at this time
The crumbling farmhouses on sheep-dotted moors sweeping into the distance, or people bustling round honey-stoned houses, faithfully observed by the man and his dog, always provided Brook with the subject matter he desired. While he painted elsewhere in the British Isles, he continued to return to the Yorkshire Pennines, often in snowy winters. These wonderful painted snow scenes are now highly collectable.
Although his subjects remained consistent, Brook continued to work on his technique and approach. Having started out using thick paint, he started to use the very sandstone he painted, crumbled to a fine dust and mixed with thinner paint to give more substance to his buildings. He was further inspired by the hazy effect of Victorian prints which led him to sometimes use rags, wire brushes or his fingers to conjure streaky clouds or smoky skies.
A dog's face peeking through a gap in a door, or a quirkily placed sheep bring humour to Brook's work, but the strength of his wit really comes through in the titles he inscribes along the bottom of his paintings. A revelatory comment or sometimes enigmatic description make the observer laugh or think and both provide a further dimension to the work and offer even more of the artist's insight into the scene.


Brook's impressions of the Yorkshire Pennines, moors, and mills seem deeply infused with the artist's personality. His intimate knowledge of the seasons, stark landscape and fading customs of his homeland, combined with his wit and varied, painterly touch make the paintings easily recognisable and instantly appealable.


He was a hugely successful artist during his lifetime and is now recognised as one of Yorkshire's greatest artist. His work is in the Tate Collection, The V & A, Wakefield Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds University & Spring Ram PLC and in major private collections throughout the world. A whole series of books were published about his during his lifetime plus two major books after he died. Peter Brook - A Life in Painting Vol I & II.


Peter Brook - Selected Chronology

1927 - Born in Scholes, Holmfirth. Farming background.

1938- 44 - Attended Barnsley Grammar School

1945-47 - Attended Goldsmith's College, London.

1947-49 - National Service (RAF)

1949-57 - Taught at Raistrick Secondary Modern School.

1957- 77 - Taught at Sowerby Bridge Grammar School.

1960 - First one man show Wakefield Art Gallery ( Helen Kapp)

1962 - Became Member of Royal BritishArtists.

1963 -Exhibited at Queens Square Gallery in Leeds.

1967 - Exhibited at Abbots Hall Gallery in Kendal.

1968 - Collected by Tom Courtenay and James Mason.

1969 - First one man show at Agnew's, London. It was a sell out.

1970 - Second one man show at Agnew's. 40 sold on first day. Signed exclusive contract with Agnew's

1972 - Agnew's exhibit his work in Australia..

1973 - Agnew's exhibit his work in California.
Did a series of paintings in Scotland

1974 Ran in Three Peaks race and met Joss Naylor. Member of Holmfirth Harriers.
Painted for Oxford University Almanac. (Village of Wytham)

1977 - Stopped teaching and became a full time painter.

1978 - Agnew's produce a series of Lithographs of paintings of months of the year.
Met Hannah Hauxwell.

1979 - Painted in Cornwall - tin mines and seascapes.

1981 - Hannah Hauxwell paintings exhibited at Agnew's.

1982 - Painted in Scotland.

1984 - Painted for Moores family in Trough of Bowland Lancashire.

1987-9 - Painted at Jim Cropper's farm in Lancashire. Began tents and trials series.

1992 Published first book - Brook: The Pennine Landscape Painter - followed by others - In and Out of the Pennines Even - Peter Brook -An A to Z by Stuart Archer.
Retrospective exhibitions held at The Mall Galleries, London and Huddersfield Art Gallery.

1992-97 - Exhibitions at Anna-Mei Chadwick Gallery in London.

1999, 2001, 2004 - One man shows at the New Grafton Gallery, London.

2000 - Exhibition at the Manor House, Ilkley.
Long association with Harrison Lord, Brighouse.
Began painting seriously in the Yorkshire Dales; influenced by JC Dahl, began moonlight paintings.

2004 Broke a leg but carried on painting - produced the book, Abroad - but not going far'.
Annual exhibitions at the Old School House, Muker.

2006 - Association with AC gallery Huddersfield (prints)

2009 - Exhibition of works in Public Collections
Painting selected by the Mellon Centre for British Art, University of Yale
Universities of Leeds, York and Birmingham. (at least 8 donated by Arthur Haigh)

2009 - Peter Brook died on November 25th at the age of 81.

Many posthumous exhibitions in London,(Richmond Hill Gallery) Huddersfield (AC Gallery), Old School House (Muker) and Clark Art (Hale, Cheshire)

2011 - Second entry in Tate Diary.

2012 Major book published - Peter Brook A Life in Painting by: Stuart Archer and David Walker: photography Richard Littlewood.

2013 - October: Retrospective exhibition at Clark-Art, Hale.

Peter Brook

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Peter Brook - 4 Sand Yachts

Peter Brook

4 Sand Yachts

Oil on canvas

12 x 12 ins (30.48 x 30.48 cms)

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Peter Brook - Abandoned

Peter Brook

Abandoned

Oil on canvas

28 x 40 ins (71.12 x 101.60 cms)

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Peter Brook - Abandoned - But Drawing Whats Left

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24 x 23.75 ins (60.96 x 60.33 cms)

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Peter Brook - Abandoned Land - The Fields At Sunset

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7 x 11¾ ins (17.78 x 29.85 cms)

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Peter Brook - Abandoned at 1200ft

Peter Brook

Abandoned at 1200ft

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28 x 40 ins (71.12 x 101.60 cms)

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Peter Brook - Calling The Dog

Peter Brook

Calling The Dog

Oil on canvas

20 x 28 ins (50.80 x 71.12 cms)

Price: £11,750.00

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Peter Brook - Dean Head Valley - Pennine Sheep Farm In Winter

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30 x 50 ins (76.20 x 127.00 cms)

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Peter Brook - Drawing the view with a Guard Dog

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8 x 10 ins (20.32 x 25.40 cms)

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Peter Brook - England - Pennine Remains

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8 x 13½ ins (20.32 x 34.29 cms)

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Peter Brook - England In Ruins But Beautiful, Taking a Photograph

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £8,000.00

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Peter Brook - Falling Over a Slippery Stile

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11¼ x 14½ ins (28.58 x 36.83 cms)

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Peter Brook - First Visit to a Recently Abandoned Pennine Farm

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Peter Brook - For sale,  a very desirable - well situated property with extensive views

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Peter Brook - Frosty Dawn On The Pennines

Oil on Board

5 x 7 ins (12.70 x 17.78 cms)

Price: £3,650.00

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Peter Brook - Gated Road In Winter

Peter Brook

Gated Road In Winter

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16½ x 20¼ ins (41.91 x 51.44 cms)

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Peter Brook - Hannah Hauxwell - Waving Good-Bye

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30 x 50 ins (76.20 x 127.00 cms)

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Peter Brook - Happy Sheep At Christmas

Other

6.75 x 2.5 ins (17.15 x 6.35 cms)

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Peter Brook - High Tea

Peter Brook

High Tea

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20 x 28 ins (50.80 x 71.12 cms)

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Peter Brook - House and Farm To Be Demolished

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30 x 50 ins (76.20 x 127.00 cms)

Price: £12,250.00

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Peter Brook - In The North Sheltering at 12000ft

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20 x 28 ins (50.80 x 71.12 cms)

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Peter Brook - June

Peter Brook

June

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4½ x 6½ ins (11.43 x 16.51 cms)

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Peter Brook - Landsend

Peter Brook

Landsend

Oil on canvas

6¾ x 10¾ ins (17.15 x 27.31 cms)

Price: £3,750.00

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Peter Brook - Lingering

Peter Brook

Lingering

Oil on Board

23 x 32 ins (58.42 x 81.28 cms)

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Peter Brook - Loch Shiel On A Sunday With Some Men In A Boat

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20 x 30 ins (50.80 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £8,500.00

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Peter Brook - Long Pennine Farm With Haystacks

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20 x 30 ins (50.80 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £10,750.00

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Peter Brook - Looking and not Disturbing the Sheep, so Take Care

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Peter Brook - Looking into a Frosty Bronte Landscape

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Peter Brook - Lost and Found

Peter Brook

Lost and Found

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Peter Brook - Olde England

Peter Brook

Olde England

Oil on Board

8 x 8 ins (20.32 x 20.32 cms)

Price: £3,950.00

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Peter Brook - Out Early - Walking Through a Misty Pennine Landscape

Oil on canvas

20 x 30 ins (50.80 x 76.20 cms)

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Peter Brook - Peaceful Stroll in Cumbria - in lambing time with a well trained dog

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20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

Price: £9,750.00

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Peter Brook - Pennine Cottages,  Where The Weavers Once Was , As They Say Round Here

Oil on Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £9,000.00

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Peter Brook - Pennine Sunset

Peter Brook

Pennine Sunset

Oil on Board

14 x 8 ins (35.56 x 20.32 cms)

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Peter Brook - Pennine Winter

Peter Brook

Pennine Winter

Oil on Board

16.5 x 20.25 ins (41.91 x 51.44 cms)

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Peter Brook - People Dont Come Here Often

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20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Peter Brook - Peter Brook - A Life in Painting 2nd Volume

Book

12 x 9¾ ins (30.48 x 24.77 cms)

Price: £40.00

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Peter Brook - Shap A Ruin

Peter Brook

Shap A Ruin

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20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

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Peter Brook - Sheep Know When There's More Snow Coming

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20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Peter Brook - Sheep Looking For Titbits

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20 x 30 ins (50.80 x 76.20 cms)

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Peter Brook - Sheep and Rocks

Peter Brook

Sheep and Rocks

Other

12 x 7 ins (30.48 x 17.78 cms)

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Peter Brook - Shep

Peter Brook

Shep

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7 x 5 ins (17.78 x 12.70 cms)

Price: £4,500.00

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Peter Brook - Sit !.. Wait... Not Be A Minute

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8 x 8 ins (20.32 x 20.32 cms)

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Peter Brook - Skye Sheep

Peter Brook

Skye Sheep

Oil on canvas

30 x 20 ins (76.20 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £5,500.00

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Peter Brook - Son of Shep

Peter Brook

Son of Shep

Oil on Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Peter Brook - Still and Cold

Peter Brook

Still and Cold

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20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Peter Brook - Stop -On The Way To Lochinver - To Look At This View

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20 x 26 ins (50.80 x 66.04 cms)

Price: £9,000.00

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Peter Brook - Stopping in the Woods to Look

Oil on Board

8 x 12 ins (20.32 x 30.48 cms)

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Peter Brook - The East Wind & A South Bound Jet Plane

Oil on Board

28¾ x 40½ ins (73.03 x 102.87 cms)

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Peter Brook - Thick Drifting Snow

Peter Brook

Thick Drifting Snow

Oil on canvas

20 x 30 ins (50.80 x 76.20 cms)

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Peter Brook - Trespassing At Sunset

Peter Brook

Trespassing At Sunset

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Peter Brook - Un-noticed taking a photograph with a wide angle lens before delivering my frien

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20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

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Peter Brook - Visiting A Stone Circle Near Penrith

Oil on Board

11 x 11½ ins (27.94 x 29.21 cms)

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Peter Brook - Walking Into The Woods - English Landscape With Two Trees

Oil on canvas

28 x 35¾ ins (71.12 x 90.81 cms)

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Peter Brook - White House in Winter - Dean Head Valley

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20 x 30 ins (50.80 x 76.20 cms)

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Peter Brook - Winter Landscape

Peter Brook

Winter Landscape

Oil on canvas

30 x 50 ins (76.20 x 127.00 cms)

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Peter Brook - With Hannah Hauxwell

Peter Brook

With Hannah Hauxwell

Oil on canvas

15¾ x 19¾ ins (40.01 x 50.17 cms)

Price: £9,750.00

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Peter Brook - With Something for the Donkeys and Farmhouse Teas and Children Welcome

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Peter Brook - Working Outside

Peter Brook

Working Outside

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16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £10,950.00

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