Goldsmiths College, MA Fine art, University of London
About John Peter Askew
John Peter Askew is an artist living and working in London who has worked with photography as his principal medium since 1994. Askew thinks of photography as moments out of time in which we have an opportunity to reimagine our relationship to the world.
He has exhibited as part of major international exhibitions, including Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles and the Prague Biennale, and at venues including The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Icon, Birmingham; the National Museum of Photography, UK ; Dilston Grove, London.
In 2019 his work was the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, UK. To accompany the exhibition a 386 page book, We, was launched at the Photographer’s Gallery, London. In the introductory essay Alistair Robinson writes ‘Here, art returns to its true role as a space of the intellectual and affective ‘commons’ in which ideas and experiences can be shared’. The book includes further essays by the leading historian of photography Ian Jeffrey, the curator Fatos Ustek, artist Lee Triming; and Anna Kligman whose family are the subjects of many of Askew’s photographs.
Askew was first trained as an economist at Manchester University. He studied sculpture (BA First Class) at Sunderland University before completing an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London.
Current/upcoming are a solo exhibition at Pushkin House, London, September 26th - October 31st, 2020 and a new book of photographs due to be published autumn 2021
Askew has written:
My first camera was a 21st birthday present from my father. A Pentax MX. Sometimes presents can be things that you don’t really like or want but I remember treasuring this. I remember taking some photos of the steep steps in Newcastle leading down to the quayside. At home, I made a picture of a floral patterned waste bin in a flowerbed. There was also one of my mum and dad in bed on Christmas morning. It didn’t come out quite right as the light got into the back of the camera and distorted the colours. That fascinated me. My father was drinking a cup of tea while my mother read from a book by Alison Uttley. My dad was half in and half out of the light.