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Meet Peter Smith

Peter Smith is one of Coventry's raw talents in the visual arts sector. Still an undergraduate, Peter has achieved a lot in the world of visual arts, and is only at the start of his climb up to the top.

Imagine being able to call yourself a freelance visual artist, with your own company before having finished your degree. Well Peter Smith from Tile Hill has done Coventry proud by doing just that.

Peter creates customised artwork for businesses and the public and uses his skills in graphic design to produce stunning visuals and installations and has set up his own company, Kartina, to cope with the work load.

He is about to begin his final year of a BA (Hons) degree in graphic design at the University of Coventry.

But before he does that, Peter has a lot to look forward to. He has recently been approached by Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) to show some of his work at their current exhibition, “Imaginative Portraits”.

I caught up with Peter and grilled him with some questions about his work. And then, so we can get to know him a little better, I asked Peter some more personal questions about himself.

Why did you choose to study graphic design for your degree?

Like all kids I used to draw (doodle more like) a lot when I was younger, but wasn't really interested in art at school. I studied graphic products at GCSE level, which made me realise that someone designs everything we see around us - from a table, to a motorway sign. I enjoy being creative, and this enjoyment feeds into my work.

How did you go about designing for businesses?

By accident! I left home and needed to find a job, so I went out and pitched to different agencies. I worked in the exhibition industry prior to studying for my degree, so I had some experience in the Graphics industry. With that in mind, I was able to show them what I was capable of (and more importantly, what I still needed to learn).

How did you manage to set up your own company before you've even finished your degree?

Coventry University has opened many doors for me. Apart from studying for my degree I have been involved in a number of different areas. There's always pressure with studies, so it's difficult to balance everything.
Kartina© has been set to allow graphic artists, illustrators, painters and fine artists to produce creative and stunning visuals outside of the commercial market. At the moment my aim is to donate the profits towards our degree show, coming up in June 2009.

How did you feel when RBSA got in touch with you about exhibiting your work in Birmingham for the public to see?

This is a great privilege. It took a lot of effort, and fortunately my artwork was nominated to be exhibited. The exhibition, 'Imaginative Portraits' is held at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, St Paul's, where many of the country's top artists & photographers have the opportunity to showcase their skills. There are some fantastic pieces on display, so it's a great honour to be amongst them. It's nerve-racking seeing my work on show - I'm never too sure how the public will react, but it felt great being nominated.

How do you feel that the exhibition will affect the rest of your career?

I'll take it as a stepping stone for now. From a career/business perspective it's an influential statement to make, and is a good selling point to customers - letting them know that your work is exhibited in a top art gallery will certainly add a lot of depth to my portfolio.

Peter Smith Zoolander

Peter's Zoolander

Have you got any career plans for the future?

I'm working for top agency in Walsall at the moment, constantly practising and learning all the time. I'd like to get involved in multi-media (animation, web design, advertising) in the future. In the mean time I hope to finish my degree on a high, successful note and continue studying at Coventry University for a Masters.

And now something a little more about yourself:
Favourite music or band?

I don't have a favourite band. I listen to a variety of music, anything that sounds good! I'm a big fan of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.

Favourite film?

The Italian Job (the proper one).


I used to box when I was younger, which has softened me up a bit.
I try to attend as many festivals, gigs and music events as I can to stay in touch with the music culture.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Simply just me.

Is there anything you would like to add?

I would just like to say thank you to all my tutors, my business mentor Michelle, Peter Sylvester, and my very good friend Darren O'Brien for making this possible. I’d also like to send a big thanks to Dawn Adlam for her support, and Ali Bushell for her kind words and all her efforts with helping Kartina©.

For more of Peter’s work visit his website by clicking on the link below:

The “Imaginative Portraits” exhibition is open to the public and runs until 30 August at the RBSA, 4 Brook Street, St. Paul’s, Birmingham.

last updated: 08/08/2008 at 16:17
created: 06/08/2008

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Emily Shenton
Fairy Wings Artwork:"The artwork was impeccable, the service outstanding! Peter was an absolute pleasure to work with and I'm extremely happy with the final piece received. Without a doubt, I will recommend Kartina to all my family and friends".

Stephen Stringer
HEy Peter,Well done, Well looking forward to doing business. All th best!

Carol Marcantonio
Not only are you very creative and have a built in visual concept for everything you design. But your such a down to earth empathic person and have the determination and strive to succeed in everything you but your hand to. You go that extra mile and are very focused. Im proud to say your a dear friend, well done mateychops .

Irina Smith
Well done Peter! I am so proud of you! I am sure you will do really well and go far - you have always been a winner and your work always been a high standard. Love mom

Tobi Laniyan
wow Peter you have set the benchmark for all of us now. A big well done and respect from me

Kulwinder Dhillon
I have meet Peter and seen some of his work and it is different, creative and this guy is definately goingto make it big. So pick your favourite piece and get it signed now before you can't afford it. Get into colour. Kully (colour & image consultant)

Emma Morris
A true inspiration to us all. Best of luck with Kartina. Em

Giles Halton
Well done Pete!You'll go far.Giles

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