It is with great sadness that we report on the death of Peter Weaver who died in October 2021.
Peter Weaver had a long and fulfilled life as a practising artist and inspirational teacher. He left school at 14 during the second world war and worked in a variety of garages and factories. Art always interested him and he undertook evening classes during these years so that when he was conscripted at the end of the war as a medical orderly in the Medical Corps he often assumed roles that reflected his interest in art, culture and education.
After he had concluded his National Service, as was usual for those returning to civilian life, he was able to get a grant to train at art school and so he started his career as an artist in earnest; this was a turning point for him as he entered a new world of creative and adventurous spirits as an art student in the London of the late 40s and early 50s, studying at St. Martins School of Art, Camberwell school of Art and Crafts and the Slade. He began to teach part time at Watford and Barnet and finally getting a fulltime role at Camberwell where he taught lithography and illustration, and he set set up the litho rooms in the new building; there he built a long career, earning the reputation as an inspiring and enthusiastic teacher.
Peter wrote books on printmaking with Studio Vista and Batsford; he has had works published in Modern British Sculpture, by Guy Portelli and has written articles for The Artist and International Artist. He was a founding member of the Printmaker’s Council.
Peter’s work took two main directions, watercolour painting and sculpture, though with many elements and resonances threading through both media. Watercolours were redolent of place and archive; his constructions in natural materials, represented abstract shrines and totemic memorials. He said: ‘My work is an imagination and memory from odd moments of inspiration’.
Peter exhibited London, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Stockholm; he has had works shown in galleries including the Royal Academy and Soane Street Gallery as well as galleries across the UK. He staged a two-man show with Felicity Weaver at the LWT Southbank Galleries and at Gallery 49 in Shepherd’s Market. His work is featured in collections at the Victoria and Albert museum and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as well as private collections through the UK and Europe. He was an honorary member of the Chelsea Arts Club as well as elected member for the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and the Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolour (RI).
Peter was a lively, colourful personality, a polymath who was able to turn his hand to many things and who was continuously creative and curious; he was generous in his support of colleagues and an energetic and entertaining teacher and friend. His work continued to evolve throughout his life, so he was still exhibiting well into his 90s along with his wife, fellow artist and print maker Felicity Weaver. He will be greatly missed by his family.