A gallery of paintings and drawings by Peregrine Roskilly
Cambridgeshire artist Peregrine Roskilly graduated in illustration and graphic design from Twickenham College of Technology, now called Richmond Art College.
I had a long and successful career in advertising and was employed at Doyle Dane Bernbach and then worked freelance as a 'Storyboard Artist'.
I subsequently spent six years at an Ashram in Poona, India and in a Commune in Suffolk as a Sannyasin of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
I was then employed for fifteen years at Abbott Mead Vickers as storyboard artist where the Creative Director, David Abbott was a patron of The Royal Ballet, he invited me to design and illustrate The Royal Ballet School Annual Report. This was a delight and to illustrate I made drawings at Covent Garden and at The Royal Ballet School. I soon had a compulsion to draw and draw and draw ballet and contemporary dance.
Delighted at how fast I could draw the human body in movement I was drawn to Exotic Dance and spent many happy years drawing striptease in East London pubs. I gave the girls drawings of themselves and sold other drawings to customers in the pubs.
I worked with my wife as Art Director in her PR and Marketing business for the following fourteen years.
Artistically I made paintings of girls on Portuguese beaches in a bid to move my work on to something more substantial.
Joining the Naked Bike Ride gave me inspiration to paint the next series of paintings. Described by a critic as “powerful and challenging” they are inspired by both the exotic and ordinary characters who take part in the World Naked Bike Rides. These annual events take place in London, which annually attracts around 1000 cyclists, as well as other UK and world cities.
They are painted expressively from imagination rooted in a grounding of drawing dancers in motion. Some World Naked Bike Ride participants dress in carnival style, giving decorative and mythical characters a surreal meeting with London landmarks. I keep finding new ways to express this, from naturalistic representation in a reportage manner, to playing with perspective and alluding to classical and modern references.
Peregrine Roskilly became known for his rapid life drawings of ballet dancers and strippers and was featrured on several TV programmes with Richard & Judy, Sky One and Men and Motors and Live TV.
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