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Peter Nardini


Born in Glasgow, Nardini, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, taught art in a South Lanarkshire secondary school for twenty years while still producing his own work. He still lives and works in the West of Scotland. He has exhibited regularly at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; The Royal Scottish Academy; the Scottish Artists and Artist-Craftsmen, Edinburgh; the Paisley Art Institute as well as several galleries across Scotland and England. His work is held by public collections such as the Scottish Arts Council and Lanarkshire Education Collection, as well as in private collections in Europe and the USA including hotelier Bob Costley, authors Ian Rankin and Quintin Jardine, entrepreneur Tom Hunter, folk singer Kate Rusby, musician John McCusker and opera singer Marie McLaughlin.
Nardini works with acrylic paint using a dry brush technique, painting on board working from a dark surface through to colour and light with an awareness of the effectiveness of the contrast between strong shadow and bright sunlight. He has a high regard for the paintings of the American artist Edward Hopper, initially attracted by the mystery and intrigue created by the presence of figures in his compositions. Nardini was drawn also to the drama, simplicity and timelessness of Hopper’s landscapes. He developed his landscapes and seascapes, travelling from Glasgow to Tuscany via France and Switzerland as well as visiting Southern California to create works full of a sense of place. Bright sunlight, poppy fields, terracotta roofs and sandy beaches became simple, yet evocative, shapes singing with colour.
In 2001 Nardini was invited by Scottish Ballet to produce a painting titled ‘Rehearsal’, which now hangs in the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Several months of observation inspired a series of atmospheric paintings of ballet dancers in their diaphanous costumes in rehearsal rooms suffused with light. His series of paintings featuring Claire Robertson – now Principal dancer with Scottish Ballet – also emerged from this liaison.
Since 2003 Nardini has been making regular visits to the Umbrian / Tuscan area in and around Lake Trasimeno which is surrounded by rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, olive trees and vines. The area is within easy travelling distance to many beautiful historical towns and cities with Arezzo and Florence to the north, Orvieto and Rome to the south, Siena to the west and Perugia to the east. As well as inspiring his landscape paintings, the lake itself offers its own inspiration with picturesque bays and beaches, the bathers and pier figures featuring in many of Nardini’s paintings.
Also a talented singer songwriter, Nardini has been described by Donny O’Rouke as ‘an artist with an eye and an ear for transforming detail, a man who can paint stories and sing pictures.’


1974 Cargill Award, GSA
1978 Scottish Arts Council Award: Solo exhibition, Greenock Arts Centre
1980 Scottish Arts Council Award: Amsterdam Studio Residency - 3 months
1996 Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow, Open Exhibition - Miller Art Shop Prize
1996 Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition: Institute Award
1998 SAAC Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh - Ann Redpath Award
1999 Paisley Institute Annual Exhibition - ‘Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton’ Award
1999 Art Exposure Open Exhibition ‘Peoples Choice’ Award

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Compass Gallery, Glasgow 1986
Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow 1996, 2000
‘Revealed Light - Lost Wax’ touring exhibition (with sculptor Dennis Shields) 1999
House for an Art Lover, Glasgow (organized by Compass gallery) 2001
Colours Gallery, Edinburgh 2002
Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld 2004, 2005
Duff House, Banff 2005
Scotlandart.com, Glasgow 2006, 2007
Di Rollo Gallery, Edinburgh 2006, 2008
Scotlandart.com, Glasgow 2009
Annan Gallery, Glasgow 2010

Other notable achievements and exhibitions to date include:

1987 Glasgow Group Exhibition
1988 Fine Art Society' Festival Exhibition, Glasgow
1990 Compass Contribution, Tramway, Glasgow
1992 Richard Di Marco, East European Foundation Exhibition
1994 Compass Gallery, Glasgow: joint exhibition
1995 John Laing PLC Landscape Exhibition: Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
& Mall Gallery, London
1997 Finalist - Morrison Portrait Award Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2001 Painting commissioned for Scottish Ballet completed in January 2001 and on permanent exhibition in The Theatre Royal, Glasgow.
2003 PAI – selected artist – group exhibition in St Petersburg, Russia
Green Galerie, Munich – group exhibition
2004 Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire ‘Summer Reflections – Helen Turner, Peter Nardini & Connie Simmers’
2005 The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton, ‘The Caledonian Show’
2006 Gatehouse Gallery – Octagon (selected artists)
Maclaurin, Rozelle House, Alloway
Green Gallery, Aberfoyle
2007 Thomson’s Gallery, London
Octagon in the Maclaurin Gallery, Alloway
Leith Gallery, Leith – three man exhibition
PAI, Paisley
2008 Thompson’s Gallery, London
Glasgow Art Fair
Affordable Art Fair, London
Colours Gallery, Edinburgh
PAI, Paisley
2009 Thompson’s Gallery, London
Glasgow art Fair
PAI, Paisley
2010 Thompson’s Gallery, London – Scottish Exhibition
Glasgow Art Fair
Chelsea Art Fair

Peter exhibits regularly with a number of galleries across Scotland including:
The Green Gallery, Buchlyvie; Di Rollo Gallery, Edinburgh; The Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan; The Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld; Colours gallery, Edinburgh; The Leith Gallery; Frames Gallery, Perth.