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 I am a Yorkshire-based artist who trained at Middlesbrough College of Art and at the Bath Academy of Art. I recently retired after 17 years as Principal of West Dean College in Sussex.


My paintings are based on simple but memorable observations and responses to favourite places. I am attracted to the sea and the beach, both are a constant source of inspiration and a starting point for my images.


The elemental qualities of sea, beach and sky provide a hint of infinity. They express for me endless space and distance through transparency, depth and reflection. In all its moods, the sea shore offers every atmosphere -- from the still and tranquil to a mighty raging force. 


As a boy, the beach and the dunes were the place I frequented most.  They seemed to offer a place of private contemplation and I hope through my images to express and share the same sense of wonder that has inspired the great tradition of British sea and landscape paintings of the past.


Colours of paintings may vary from the images portrayed on this site. All prices subject to change. Website and paintings copyright Peter Sarginson 2001