Peter Schmidt

Abstract Organic Form

Lately I find myself going back, and back again, to check in on the work of Peter Schmidt. There is just something about his drawings, prints and paintings that keeps calling to me. I like pretty much all of his work… the interiors, landscapes, and his more abstract pieces.

Schmidt’s background is interesting too. He was born in the early ’30s in Berlin, and his family fled from Nazi Germany to England in ’38, finally settling in London during the Blitz. Schmidt intended to become a mathematician, and didn’t start painting until his late 20s. In addition to painting, he went on to study printmaking, photography, film and animation. Schmidt has also published a number of books. I first became aware of Schmidt because of his collaborations with, and album artwork for, musician Brian Eno. Schmidt died suddenly in 1980 of a heart attack.


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