Peter Kotka is one of the world’s most renowned Fine Wine artists recognised in both the 1998 and 2006 volumes of "British Artists since 1945". He was born in February 1951 to an English mother and an Estonian father. His early career was as a toolmaker and designer. He began to paint in 1979 and is entirely self taught and has been professional since 1983.
Peter has an absolute love of oil painting and especially admires the masters of Dutch painting of the 17th Century, which is reflected in his own work. Since 1995, inspired by the landscapes of John Constable (his rendition of The Haywain is now in the UN Plaza in New York) and after seeing the work of Estonian artist Olav Maran, Peter decided to review his paintings and started researching 'Still Life' painters such as De Heem, William Kalf and especially Jacob van Ruysdael. After experimenting with priming his own canvasses with different colours, then painting with thick and thin painting and glazing on top in the way of the old masters, he developed a style with detail and atmosphere focused on perfecting 'Still Life' painting specialising in wine, which was also something he was starting to take a great interest in. He has developed a unique blend of working with both contemporary and traditional styles, colours and techniques, and this gives his paintings an individuality, detail and atmosphere.
In a quirky and sometimes conceptual world, Peter makes no apologies for producing traditional subjects where craftsmanship is evident in every brush stroke. His paintings bring much joy and pleasure to those who understand he has an obvious and underlying love of handling paint and observing his subject using techniques that take many years to acquire. Recently he has changed the view point to some of his paintings to give them a bold contemporary look.
Peter Kotka's originals are in private collections all over the world and his works grace many fine hotels. In 2004 Peter was invited to take part in a prestigious Still Life exhibition in California, where he was the best selling artist in the show. Early 2005 he toured California and Arizona with three successful shows, then in October following his US success he had his first 'one man show' in the UK. Another US tour followed in 2007 with one wine art critic observing that Kotka "is the most technically gifted and innovative artist I have seen in the last 10 years." In 2008 Peter won 2 prizes in Californian exhibitions, best Still Life painting and Runner Up in the Seascape section with a surreal sea/wine piece. In addition his images have been reproduced on greetings cards, collector's plates and Limited Edition giclee prints. Royal Doulton also requested him to paint a series of designs for collector plates entitled 'Harvest Home' and numerous card designs followed for Hallmark and Polytint. In 1998 &/ 2006 Peter was recognised in 'British Artists since 1945' a 2 volume edition of who's who in British art.
He says of his work: "My paintings evolve through ideas and experimenting, and my inspiration has come from various sources such as Dutch painters, from classical realism and still life techniques and also fine wine. My personal interest and knowledge of wine has kindled my interest in depicting wine in my painting, and I have been fortunate to be able to blend two of my passions."
Winedirect is delighted to unveil a unique relationship with one of the world’s leading still life and fine wine artists. Not only are we privileged to offer a number of Peter’s original works, but we have obtained permission to print some of his finest paintings on paper, and on canvas, at extremely inviting prices. Furthermore, Peter has agreed to do a limited number of exclusive commissions each year for winedirect customers. If you would like your cellar - or perhaps a prized or favoured bottle painted - then you can take the pricing for the original works as a guideline and contact us for further information.
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