Michael Peckham is best known for his abstract figurative paintings in oils and acrylic. He has also produced mono-prints, three dimensional collages and work derived from codes and script..
The paintings in his first solo exhibition at the Bear Lane Gallery in Oxford in 1964 were landscape-based and vigorous in their use of colour. Circular forms in this early work were developed and formalised into a series of cycle paintings which led on to constructional paintings using folded paper and cardboard tubing often partially concealing figures or natural forms.
A preoccupation with hidden structure and function formed the basis of his 2001 exhibition “Bodyworks.” In subsequent paintings he has drawn on a diverse range of sources from mythology and from his past work as a cancer specialist, a link made explicit in the installation “Treatments,” schematic images of patients exhibited in 2004. His current work centres around the human figure and he has returned to an interest in built-out structural paintings employing surface materials such as netting, mesh and polystyrene.
Michael Peckham in conversation with David Medalla