Pete Codling – Fine Art | NEWS / Blog Nov 2019
NEWS / Blog Nov 2019

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I will be running two short courses in Large Charcoal Drawing at West Dean College, Chichester, in November -December. Contact them direct to book a place.
September 2018

Soup of Souls my new body of work will be on show at Portsmouth Cathedral opening 24th January 2019. Eight large drawings commemorating ‘loss at sea’.

Jackhouse Gallery Portsmouth will be hosting a Solo exhibition of The Naivety Drawings this December. A contemporary Nativity for Christmas time.

Two works shortlisted for Royal Society of Pastel Artists, fingers crossed. They liked the Sanguine sketches from last summer.

Delighted to have a piece in THe ING Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries this November.
Parts of an Artist 1-6 a new series of work playing with the self portrait. Series has sold to one collector.

A small exhibition of big drawings at West Dean College near Chichester.

August 2018

Wonderful to be invited to hold a Solo show at The Jack House Gallery in The High Street Old Portsmouth in December 2018, The Naivety Drawings and selection of other works will be show.

Great news, that I have won the Artist Residency Award from Arts Council England for the Portsmouth Cathedral Sept – Dec 2018. I will be locked up in the bell tower for several days a week contemplating loneliness, hermitage and art. Lets see what comes out of that!

A field trip to Florence and Rome! Uffizi was as awesome as ever. A wonderful week of indulgence in the art and architecture of Italy and of course the food and wine.

I hosted a ‘Trump’exhibition at my studio /gallery ‘Atelier’ in Southsea to mark the visit of Donald Trump to the UK on Friday 13th July. A great exhibition of 13 local artists portraits, cartoons and commentary on the POTUS! Trump Punch and Fake 0% Trump Punch was served and all had the best time ‘ever’!

Had a fun day out in London with my daughter Pop at The Picasso 1932 exhibition at Tate Modern.

Annual pilgrimage to The Royal Academy to see the Summer Show: Wow,how and WTF are fair descriptions.

Really enjoyed the All To Human exhibition at Tate Britain. Forgotten just how great the old Tate is. I must go again soon.


My Naivety – Nativity drawing has just won the Osanna Prize and The Bezalel Prize in The Chaiya Art Awards 2018 held in Gallery Oxo on the South Bank London. Exhibition open 28 Mar – 8 April.

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Had a great day in Salisbury to visit the Anita Taylor exhibition ‘Witness’ followed by a trip to Trowbridge for conversation at Drawing Projects UK with artist Anita Taylor and artist Deanna Petherbridge author of The Primacy of Drawing.

One of my oil paintings ‘Sometimes’ was been preselected for the John Moores Painting Prize in Liverpool, got to the second stage but returned. Maybe next year. The painting has however just sold to a private collector, so is well, that ends well.

Naivety – Nativity has just be selected for the Chaiya Art Award 2018 and will be on show this April at Gallery@oxo, South Bank London.
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Current exhibition at Atelier Gallery. The Naivety Drawings from 2017 and a selection of smaller works and studies for sale.

Danny Owen
The exhibition ‘Naivety’ at The North Wall Gallery in Oxford ended in January. A great success with over 10K footfall and guests travelling t see the show.

What am I up to this year. 2018?
jam jar series

This year starts with four small drawings, Jam Jar series, in a group show ‘Exquisite Garden’ at Here East. London. Home to Gavin Turk’s studio and The House of Fairy Tales. Jan-Feb 2018.

New exhibition catalogue available for ‘Naivety’ on show at The North Wall Gallery this December. £15 at the Gallery or direct from the Artist in Atelier Portsmouth. £15 +pp.

Naivety Poster


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Pete Codling talking to Jesus and Judas at the National Gallery Caravaggio exhibition.

Check out this educational Artsy webpage on William Kentridge. I am a big fan of his 😉

“I am only an artist, my job is to make drawings not to make sense”.

William Kentridge