SEDGLEY, Peter

Peter Sedgley   British b. 1930

Peter Sedgley is an acknowledged Op-artist, on occasion using light and kinetics to animate his optical compositions.

Peter Sedgley was born in London and from 1944-6 he was a student at Brixton Technical School, London, and then worked as an assistant at the architecture offices R. Ward & Partners (1946-8), Gollins Melvin (1953-4), Clifford Culpin (1955-6), and Architects Co-Partners (1956-9). Soon, however, Sedgley turned towards the arts. In the 1950s and 60s, he helped to found several artist initiatives and participated in projects along with British Op Artist Bridget Riley. In the mid-1960s Pater Sedgley had several exhibitions at McRoberts and Tunnard Gallery and at Howard Wise Gallery, in New York. In 1966 he was a prize-winner at the Tokyo Biennale. During 1970s Sedgley exhibited widely in Germany, where he was commissioned an audio-visual display for the Donaueschingen Music Festival, in 1972. The following year he had a retrospective at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Sedgley also exhibited with the Redfern Gallery and was included in The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, 1993. Always helping his fellow artists, he helped with   initiatives such as   the Space Provision Artistic Cultural and Educational (S.P.A.C.E.) and the Arts Information Registry (A.I.R.) that aimed to improve the working conditions of artists, provide artist studios and enable the independent presentation of art and the organization of exhibitions.

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