Peter Folkes was born in 1923 at Beaminster, Dorset. His studies at the West of England College of Art, Bristol (1941–1950) were interrupted by military service during which he served as a draughtsman in the Royal Corps of Signals in North Africa and Europe. In 1952 he was elected an Associate of the Royal West of England Academy and made an Academician seven years later. In 1963 Peter Folkes was awarded a Goldsmiths Travelling Scholarship which enabled him to embark upon an influential period of travelling and painting in the USA. Six years later he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours after which he became Vice President in 1989.
From 1965 to 1989 he was Head of Fine Art at Southampton Institute. A joint winner of the Winsor & Newton painting prize in 1981 and 1983, he was later appointed a consultant for the company. He was awarded another prize in 1998 for the best painting in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition.
Since 1977 he has had solo shows at galleries including the former Southampton Institute of H. E. Gallery in 1981, the Royal West of England Academy in 1986 and the Salisbury Playhouse Gallery in 1997.
Commenting in the October 2000 R. W. A. Academicians' Questionnaire he said: "During the last twenty-five years I have been strongly influenced by Cubist painters, in particular Lyonel Feininger, Charles Demuth and Raoul Dufy during his Cubist period. Also the water colours of Eric Ravillious."
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Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 OYN
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