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Peter Davies, Author

Peter Davies, Author



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Portfolio for Sophie Pecko - Commissionaportrait

Sophie Pecko was born in London of Polish descent. She has been passionately drawn to painting and drawing ever since she can remember and feels intensely about everything she creates. This, combined with a deep interest in people, makes her ideally suited to portraiture. Each portrait is unique, endeavouring to catch the individuality of the sitter. It is very important for her to create a portrait that will please both herself and the client. Her work hangs in many private collections and two of her portraits recently featured in BBC2's Newsnight programme.
Education   1986 - BA Hons Painting, Manchester School of Art  
1993 - MA Middlesex University
Selected Commissions   2008 - commissioned by the BBC to do a double portrait of Lord Paddy Ashdown and Afghan President Hamed Karzai for BBC2's Newsnight  
2008 - Professor Anne Phillips  
2008 - Mr M.E. Kanoo  
2006 - Peter Davies, art critic and author
Group Exhibitions   1991 - Articus Gallery, Fulham  
1998 - Graham Gallery, Tunbridge Wells  
2008 - Ealing Open, PM Gallery  
2009 - PM Gallery Ealing  
2009 - Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, Mall Galleries
Solo Exhibitions   1996 - La Charbonniere, Saint Laurent en Grandvaux, France  
1996 - Gallerie de l’Orme, Champagnole, France  
1997 - POSK Gallery, Hammersmith  
1997 - Sackville Gallery, Piccadilly  
1998 - POSK Gallery, Hammersmith  
1998 - St. Raphael Gallery, Piccadilly  
1999 - Birmingham General Hospital
Artist's Statement   I try very hard to get to know, fulfill and hopefully exceed the client's expectations and aspire to create a work that will be cherished by this and future generations.

Statement      Generally a session of approximately two hours with the sitter is all the time that is required. This can be at a location chosen by the client or at Sophie's West London home. At this session photographs and notes will be taken and sketches may be made. The client's tastes and wishes are very important and all aspects of the portrait can be discussed. A favourite place, belongings, or a pet can be included in the portrait. Children may be portrayed with their favourite toy or book, or in fancy dress. Sophie always prefers to get to know her sitters before she paints them.  
A large number of digital photographs will be taken to be used as source material. This method of working is particularly suited for sitters who do not have the time or the inclination to sit still for hours (e.g. busy people, children and pets!)  
Ideally, at least one month should be allowed between the sitting and the finished painting, depending on size and number of sitters. Drawings usually need a minimum of one to two weeks. However, in special circumstances these time scales can be shortened.  
Posthumous portraits can be undertaken if Sophie is happy with the quality of the photographs provided.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 400    $null
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 900    $null
Half LengthFrom £ 1100 $null
3/4 LengthFrom £ 1600 $null
Full LengthFrom £ 2000 $null
Double PortraitFrom £ 2000 $null
Group PortraitFrom £ 2500 $null
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
"At a time when much contemporary art is stamped with disaffection, Pecko's striking pictures help put back some soul into painting today" - Peter Davies author of 'Bratby', 'Josef Herman', 'A Northern School' and 'St. Ives Revisited'  
Featured in 'The Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945', published 1998 and 2006, David Buckman, Art Dictionaries Ltd