Northampton origami artist on shortlist for prestigious exhibition

Artist Peter Viet-Lu
Artist Peter Viet-Lu

A Northampton artist seen his work been shortlisted for an exhibition taking place at Washington Green’s Castle Fine Art Gallery in Birmingham.

Peter Viet-Lu, 33, is one of 20 artists on the list, whittled down from about 400 entries.

The exhibition is being run by the UK’s leading fine art published IN:SIGHT.

The international shortlist includes painters, photographers and sculptors working in a myriad of materials from pen and pastels to charcoal and oils.

Peter was born and lives in Northampton. He studied Fine Art sculpture at Loughborough University, graduating with first class honours. In his artwork, he first creates origami figures which he then sketches in various staged scenes, using pen and ink, acrylic spray paint and graphite on board.

He exhibits his work in the Northampton area in his spare time while working as an art consultant and a gallery manager and cites artists such as Robert J. Lang, Hanna Werning, Chris Bourke and Mike Giant as influences.

Peter said: “I use everyday objects to develop character based art, combining humour and engaging imagery to illustrate my imagination.

“Using traditional instructions, I manipulate the existing paper form to recreate in my own aesthetic ideals. I reinterpret the structure to capture what would be a fragile and impermanent state. The result is a series of stripped down ‘origami inklings’.”