Swiss native, artist Peter Binder is now showcasing a selection of his intricate work in the Carrick-on-Suir Library, a delightful exhibition of dry point etchings which will remain open to the public until May 31. His striking black and white sketches capture a rich mystical realm of wildlife and nature etched in such fine detail that the scenes appear real. Peter moved to Ireland in 1983 and now lives close to Grangemockler in Co. Tipperary. His love of and work with nature took precedence for the next 25 years as he concentrated on his sustainable vegetable and apple growing farm close to Carrick-on-Suir. However the passion for art was always there and his mind was ‘bursting’ with vivid creative images he felt compelled to explore and sketch. In September 2009 Peter attended the KCAT Art & Study Centre in Callan, Co. Kilkenny to recharge. He has never looked back.
He exhibited at KCAT end of year shows from 2010 – 2012, at the Eigse Festival in Carlow (2011 & 2012), his first solo exhibition took place at Kilkenny Arts Fringe Festival (2011), and now most of his prints hang in the Coleman Doyle Festival Opera Gallery in Wexford. In his earlier school days near Zurich in Switzerland Peter had taken a four-year apprenticeship as a photo lithographer now an obsolete profession due to digital technology.
“The skills acquired through lithography courses as well as keeping up plain drawing will always stand to me as my most valuable tools, and unlike any other they get sharper with use,” he said at the exhibition’s recent opening. ‘Contemporary Etchings with a Classical Edge’ was officially opened on May 15 by photographer Martina Coady who praised his ‘delicate beautiful sketches’ and spoke of his artistic genius which has always been there even from childhood. All prints of Peter’s work are for sale and his art can be viewed at www.peterbinder.net (words by Anne Marie Magorrian).