Peter Ursem
Painter | Printmaker | Writer


Peter Ursem was born in the Netherlands. He graduated in Literature from the University of Utrecht and started work as a professional writer in the field of education. He then studied part time at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, from where he graduated in drawing, painting and printmaking in 1995.

In 1998 Peter moved to England. Living and working in Dorset until 2011, being quite entranced by the English hills and skies, the landscape gradually became the main subject matter in his work. However, his interest in language and words also remained ever present, with a particular interest in the graphic form of text.

In 2000 Peter Ursem received an Arts Council 'Year of the Artist' Award for 'Reflections, a Book of Woodcuts of the River Stour'. Following this he immersed himself in exploring the three relief printing techniques (lino print, woodcut and wood engraving).

In 2005 the series 'Intimate Space Artist Face' brought text works (in lino) together with portrait woodcuts. In 2006 Peter acquired a Victorian Cope & Hopkinson Albion Press, which enabled him to further develop colour printing works, mainly using the lino print 'reduction technique'. Alongside this 'painterly' method of printmaking, drawings and oil paintings became again more prominent in his work.

In 2010 the Dorset County Museum showed 'Dorset Footprint', an exhibition of drawings, paintings and prints looking back at Peter's first decade in England. In 2011 Peter and his wife singer/composer Helen Porter moved to the Tamar Valley, where they set up Gresham House Studios, offering a programme of summer singing and art courses in one of England's most inspirational landscapes.

The landscape of the Tamar Valley soon became the new focus for Peter's work. He is currently exploring this in combination with stories relating to place, in a project entitled 'As the River Flows'.

As a writer Peter is working on a Young Adult fictional trilogy, also set in the mysterious and adventurous Tamar Valley landscape.



Actual sensation,
accept the mark you make,
discover the connections,
touch something in my soul.

photo Peter Ursem drawing

photos: Wim Trompert