Peter Davidson, otherwise known as Deetz, is an artist of tremendous talent. Now living in Newcastle, Peter is a self-taught artist who always had a passion for drawing, but who only pushed on into a professional career after he had been made redundant from his previous job. The owner of a huge amount of skill, Peter Davidson has the eye for a well constructed scene. His art is engaged in an act of narrative-building, with each piece of work presenting a fully formed story.
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Art Inspired by Life in the North East
As you will see from any of his artworks, Peter Davidson is inspired by everyday, hardworking heroes. On top of that key element in his artistic vision, he is also inspired by memories. Much of his work takes a warm and light-hearted view of childhood memories in and around the places where he was born and grew up.
Peter Davidson was born in the town of Ashington in Northumberland. When he was 9, he moved to the village of Ellington. Both of these places then were communities significantly supported by the mining industry, and it was indeed this community heritage that has worked its way as an influence into much of his artwork. Peter is interested in depicting community spirit and everyday life in the North East of England, particularly around the 1970s when he was a child, and he does so with great success. Take a look at any Deetz originals and you will certainly see that this is art that comes from a deep connection with place.
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There is a rich authenticity to Peter Davidson's art which gives it an equally rich appeal. This is artwork that tells a story of communities and experiences. Even those artworks from Deetz that focus only on buildings and streets seem to be brimming with life. They take you on a journey into those same places they portray. His authenticity and groundedness can perhaps be summed up in his artistic name of 'Deetz'. This is not a flashy or pretentious pseudonym, but simply his life-long nickname. It is this groundedness and connection with where he comes from that defines Peter Davidson's project.