1946 – 2007
Peter Prendergast was born in Abertridwr in Glamorgan on 27th October 1946.
The most important event of Peter’s school life was meeting an inspirational art teacher, Gomer Lewis, who told Peter he could become a painter and who encouraged him to apply to Cardiff Art School. He was awarded an art scholarship which enabled him to take up the place and after two years, at age 17, he was accepted at the Slade School in London.
At that time, the Slade employed a remarkable group of figurative painters including Euan Uglow, Michael Andrews, Jeffery Camp, Frank Auerbach and Patrick George.. Peter graduated in 1967 and was awarded the Nettleship prize for Figure Painting and won a book on Nicolas de Stael.
In1970 he moved to North Wales and lived in the same area, in and around Bethesda and Deiniolen in Gwynedd, where he painted, for the rest of his life.
He taught at Liverpool College of Art, Wrexham and Birkenhead. In 1980 he was instrumental in developing the Art foundation course in Bangor.
In 1975 Peter was awarded a Welsh Arts Council Bursary. He won a prize at the Singer Friedlander Watercolour exhibition in 1996 and twice won prizes at the National Eisteddfod. In 1992 he was awarded a travel scholarship to visit the USA by the Welsh Arts Council and in 2000 he became a member of the Royal West of England Academy. He exhibited widely in Britain and abroad. His work is included in many private and public collections.
Tate Gallery, London; National Museum of Wales; British Museum, London; National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Stadts Galerie, Stuttgart; Contemporary Art Society for Wales; Welsh Arts Council, Cardiff; North Wales Arts Association; North West Arts Association, Manchester; National Gallery of Slovakia, Bratislava; National Trust; Carmarthen County Gallery.