About the artist:
Abstract artist. Born 23 May 1921 in Ealing, Middlesex. Enlisted as a professional soldier 1938. Prisoner of war in Italy and Germany 1941–5. Studied for a teacher's diploma at London University. Attended part time at the Central and Hammersmith Schools of Art; otherwise mainly self-taught. Worked as a constructivist artist until 1958. First one-man exhibition at the I.C.A. 1960. A twenty year resident of Princeton, New Jersey, Peter was born on May 23, 1921 in London, England and joined the British Army at 18. Peter served in North Africa and Europe, and was a POW during WWII. His study of land maps led to his interest in design patterns and complexity of design, which influenced his artwork throughout his life. Peter Stroud was a lifelong artist whose abstract works have been on view in numerous museums including: the Tate Gallery, London, England, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, the New Jersey State Museum, NJ, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Princeton University, NJ, the British Museum, England, the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX, the Rose Art Museum, MA, the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, NY, and the American Embassy in London. In addition to his work as an artist, Peter was a professor, mentor, and friend to the students of Maidstone College of Art in London, Bennington College, VT, Rutgers University, NJ, East China Normal University, Shanghai, and the Mason Gross School of Art, NJ. Peter remained sharp and curious throughout his life, which was filled with adventures, great and small. He loved a good story and was an exceptional story teller. He enjoyed music, especially jazz, but will be remembered most for his practice of belting out song whenever the fancy struck him.