About the work.

On the surface Peter Breeden's paintings present an appealing affirmation -look at this!- and a world of solidity where light plays over the landscape. Yet they often portray places that appear abandoned, where beauty can feel like emptiness and serenity turn to doubt.

A restless seeking and questioning goes on behind the apparent calm: why are you here? What do you mean? This is an art that refuses to make glib statements. If life is uncertain and complex, Breeden seems to say, then art needs to be too.

My interest in painting started when at the age of 15 I was taken to see a Francis Bacon retrospective in Paris. I remember walking round and feeling something shift inside me. I was never quite able to shift back.

But I didn't start painting until I was 32, when the urge became too great to ignore. I am self taught. Many things influence me but American culture of the mid -20th Century has a particular resonance: the painting of Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, the music of Samuel Barber, the writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Carver and John Cheever.

I have a strong sense of purpose but a recurrent feeling of failure. In fact I consider failure more real and important than success. I paint to try and find something to hold on to.