Peter Grieve Captures Natural Animal Movement through Recycled Sculpture

San Angel Folk Art

June 1, 2016 6:00 pm

Opening Reception June 1st 6pm

on view through July 24th, 2016

San Angel Folk Art

110 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX. 78204  210.226.6688

Now living in France, Peter Grieve is an accomplished and recognized contemporary artist in his native UK whose lifelong love of animals and kinetics inspired his commitment to sculptures made from recycled materials.  Grieve counts Greek sculpture, Renaissance painting, and the works of Cezanne and Van Gogh as his formal influences.  In the 1980s, he saw shows by H.C. Westerman and The Hairy Who, a group of Chicago artists who combined freedom and play with excellent craftsmanship and a love of details.  Inspired, he began making sculptures that captured natural animal movement.  His works rely on a certain chance opportunity that an appropriate piece of recycled tin and steel will express.  Through form and color, he examines the planes and sinews of each muscle and the mane of a lion. 

Grieve’s menagerie has included elephants, giraffes, frogs, cheetahs, owls, lions, and alligators, all out of recycled tin.  His sculptures are exquisitely detailed creations that bridge the natural one with the developed one. 

Peter Grieve’s sculpture are singular – no two animals are crafted alike.  Often Grieve carves each animal in wood, then cuts brightly painted tin and grommets to the surface of each work.  While he may use the easy angularity of metal to convey a rough texture and look of an alligator, he is equally adept at shaping small bits of metal to recreate the sensual curve of a hind quarter or a jowl.  Occasionally, he solders or welds tin or steel into animal shapes.  His ability to capture the bearing and latent movement in each animal reveal Grieve as an accomplished artist of nature.

Selected Shows

  • 1993-2000 Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Hahn Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1992 “A Beastly Exhibition”
  • South Bend Art Center, South Bend, IN
  • Objects Gallery, Chicago, IL
    1987-1988 Kouros Gallery, New York
  • Holdsworth Contemporary Galleries, Sydney, Australia
  • Neo-Ulm City Art Collection, Germany
  • 1986 Kouros Gallery, New York
  • Harcourts Contemporary, San Franscisco, CA
  • 1985 Sculpture Overview, Evanston, Art Center, Evanston, IL
  • Zolla/Leiberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1984 Braunstein-Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Zolla/Leiberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1983 New Images/New Visions
  • Zolla/Leiberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1982 Gale Grayson Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Gillman Gallery, Chicago, IL
    1981 Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1980 Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
  • Air Gallery, London, UK


  • Arkansas Arts Center
  • Mr. Myron Shure, Chicago IL
  • Mr. Edward “Ted” Smith, Austin, TX
  • Mr. & Dr. William Arthur Fitzhugh Lee, McLean, VA
  • Dr. Barry Kramer, Miami, FL
  • Mr. & Mrs. Fred Porter, Bloomington MN
  • Dr. & Mrs. Allan Becker, Glencoe, IL
  • Ms. Sandy Guetter, Chicago, IL
  • Ms. Dottie Campbell, Tequesta, FL
  • Mr. Roger Brown, Chicago, IL
  • Mr. & Mrs. Rod Kuehnle, Chicago, IL
  • Ms. Daryl Gerber, Chicago, IL