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Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe

Classically trained at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Peter Sculthorpe’s painting style is meticulous and hard-edged. Through his masterful use of light and unsurpassed observational skills, Sculthorpe creates the feeling in the viewer of being on the cusp of a significant event, either one that has occurred or is about to occur. He captures the tension and beauty as the sun sets, the moon rises, or the wind blows, suspending the viewer in the moment to ponder the infinite.

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Classically trained at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Peter Sculthorpe’s painting style is meticulous and hard-edged. Through his masterful use of light and unsurpassed observational skills, Sculthorpe creates the feeling in the viewer of being on the cusp of a significant event, either one that has occurred or is about to occur. He captures the tension and beauty as the sun sets, the moon rises, or the wind blows, suspending the viewer in the moment to ponder the infinite.

Renowned in the northeast as a landscape painter, Sculthorpe’s work calls to mind the great American painters of the Hudson River and Luminist traditions. Maine arts writer Phil Isaacson says of the artist: “Sculthorpe’s images are factual and speak of places for their own value and not as surrogates for other ideas.”

Sculthorpe has traveled extensively to gather inspiration and subject matter for his paintings. Some of his favorite locales include Monhegan Island, Canada’s maritime provinces, and the Brandywine River area. Sculthorpe collector Scott Field-Marsham says of the artist: “Peter’s representation of the landscape is true; he brings to it a perspective that many of us miss, particularly in the way that he captures the colors of natural light. Looking at one of Peter’s paintings, I feel I share the journey with Peter as he explores remote parts of the coastline.”

Peter Sculthorpe creates works of great beauty, finding the transcendent in what to the casual observer may at first seem commonplace. The Brandywine Museum, the Berman Museum, the Butler Institute, and the Delaware Art Museum all have Sculthorpe paintings in their collections. Corporate collectors include MBNA, Forbes, DuPont, and Nabisco. Peter Sculthorpe’s private collectors are international.

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