Swiss born artist Peter Binder is showcasing a selection of his intricate etchings in Carrick-on-Suir Library in an exhibition that ends Friday, May 31.
His striking black and white sketches capture a rich mystical realm of wildlife and nature etched in such fine detail that the scenes appear real.
Peter moved to Ireland in 1983 and now lives close to Grangemockler.
His love and work with nature took precedence for the next 25 years as he concentrated on his sustainable vegetable and apple growing farm close to Carrick-on-Suir.
But Peter’s passion for art was always there and his mind was bursting with vivid creative images that he felt compelled to explore and sketch.
In September 2009, he attended the KCAT Art & Study Centre in Callan, Co. Kilkenny and hasn’t looked back since.
He exhibited at KCAT end of year shows from 2010 – 2012, at the Eigse Festival in Carlow in 2011 and last year.
His first solo exhibition was at the 2011 Kilkenny Arts Fringe Festival.
Most of his prints now hang in the Coleman Doyle Festival Opera Gallery in Wexford.
In his earlier school days near Zurich in Switzerland, Peter completed a four year apprenticeship as a photo lithographer now an obsolete profession due to digital technology.
“The skills I acquired through lithography courses as well as keeping up plain drawing will always stand to me as my most valuable tools, and unlike any other they get sharper with use,” he said.
His exhibition “Contemporary Etchings with a Classical Edge” was officially opened at Carrick-on-Suir Library on Wednesday, May 15 by photographer Martina Coady.
She praised Peter’s “delicate beautiful sketches” and spoke of his artistic genius, which had always been there since childhood.
Martina also thanked the artist and farmer for sharing his art and exhibiting in Carrick Library.
Peter then talked of his life, love of nature, settling in Ireland, his art style and the influences of the photo lithographer courses he did, which now compliment his existing skills.
Librarian Maura Barrett told The Nationalist she was thrilled to have Peter’s work exhibited at Carrick-on-Suir Library and wished him well for the future.
All prints of his work are for sale and his art can be viewed at www.peterbinder.net
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