Key facts about the artist

Porcine Lout
Porcine Lout (2012)

Peter transforms imagery from fiction, illustration and graphic design into playful installations
Oxford and Glasgow
He often uses materials such as concrete, acrylic resin and polyurethane
Preferred medium
Sculpture and installation


Video: Art in Scotland TV - Mick Peter : Popcorn Plaza

Video: Art in Scotland TV - Mick Peter : Almost Cut My Hair

Video: Mick Peter - Pecha Kucha at Tramway, 2011

Sculptural Failures and Invisible Paintings is a series of extracts from narratives that describe hopelessness, failure and flatulence in art practice.

About Mick's work

Glasgow-based sculptor Mick Peter transforms imagery from fiction, illustration and graphic design into playful installations, liberating images from the flat surface of the page to create witty and exuberant sculptures. Sketches and squiggles are transformed in scale and remade in substantial materials such as concrete, acrylic resin and polyurethane. The resulting sculptures, despite their robustness, have an uneasy feeling about them, as though they are not yet entirely complete.

In the pre-digital era, any element that belonged on the final page was illustrated or hand-cut, copied and pasted. Peter often takes this process one step further, folding images into new shapes to create the basis of his sculptural forms. In the exhibition Trademark Horizon (2013) at SWG3 in Glasgow, Peter collaged commercial trademarks, to create the models for a series of works made in acrylic resin. Out of context, scaled up and placed within the gallery, the logos appeared like monumental objects, their familiarity stripped away.

Peter's exhibition Lying and Liars (2012), at Collective in Edinburgh, featured eccentric hand-drawn characters in an environment of cement wall reliefs. The title was a reference to British novelist and filmmaker BS Johnson (1933–1973) who, through his experimental novels, pioneered new approaches to storytelling. The exhibition followed Johnson’s idea that fiction is a form of ‘lying’, exploring the conflict between conventional storytelling and formal experimentation. 

For GENERATION, Mick Peter has created a similar environment for Jupiter Artland near Edinburgh. His installation features cement wall reliefs and objects and monstrous ‘popcorn’. The modular cement forms remind us of public sculpture. The unpredictability of popcorn, meanwhile, represents both the ‘accidental’ sculptural nature of the eventual form and the processes used: they are made in expanding polyurethane, a similarly unpredictable material. Peter has also created a pair of ‘folded’ sculptures for Tramway’s Hidden Gardens in Glasgow. In this instance the characters are stylised hippies who have taken up residence on the lawn, the backdrop providing a counterpoint to their unusual scale.


Mick Peter (born 1974 in Berlin) obtained his BA from the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford in 1997 and his MFA from The Glasgow School of Art in 2000. Recent solo shows include: Trademark Horizon, SWG3, Glasgow (2013); Lying and Liars, Collective, Edinburgh (2012); Tao Foam, GRIMM, Amsterdam (2011); Two Nots, Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris (2011); The Nose: Epilogue, Cell Projects, London (2010); Dr Syntax versus the Paperweights, The Changing Room, Stirling (2010); and The Nose, La Salle de bains, Lyon (2010). Recent group shows include: The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Nottingham Contemporary (2013); British British Polish Polish, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2013); and British Art Show 7 (2010–11). He lives and works in Glasgow.

More information

La Salle de bains – Depuis 1999, Les Presses du Réel, Lyon, 2013

Mark Sadler, ‘Philip Guston/Mick Peter’, Frieze, issue 151, NovemberDecember 2012

The British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery, London, 2011