Peter Kalkhof


Born in 1933 in Germany. In 1963 Peter Kalkhof moved to London. From an early age, Kalkhof‘s visual interest was stimulated by anything colourful in nature or in man-made objects. Since then, the use of formal elements of straight and curved line, and painted colour fields in grids, circles and squares, have been distinctive pictorial features in his work over his lifetime.

Kalkhof constantly directed our attention to historically resonant, well-established forms and primary basic colours, which exist across numerous cultures and periods of time. He also had an additional interest and curiosity for ancient and modern cultures outside Europe, especially the Orient. He reflected on these cultures and their inclusion of geometry, and these elements filter into his work through his use of colour and form.

He exhibited with artists like: David Hockney, Christo, Leon Kossoff, Nam June Paik, Henry Moore, Alan Green, Kasimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko and many others. Peter Kalkhof died 2014 in London. The „Peter Kalkhof Foundation“ was created in 2018 to contribute to the knowledge and international influence of the work of Peter Kalkhof.