Peter Woods loved to paint and draw from childhood and has been a full time artist since 2010. He has a natural affinity with the way strong emotional themes can be expressed by line, tone and colour on canvas or paper. He usually paints in oils to try and achieve intense layering of colour, but with his current exhibition has found a new freedom and facility with gouache and watercolour.
Peter Woods’ themes often draw on his experience of living ten years in Indonesia, half of that time in West Papua. His lifelong fascination with depicting the human face and body is strongly connected with his concern for justice for the oppressed people of West Papua. Faces tell stories, eyes have histories. He says, “In my art-making I seek to reflect the aesthetic and the prophetic, both the beauty which comes from God and the moral evils which God calls us to confront. Art has the capacity to heal, disturb, challenge, transform, elevate and enrich.”