Pete Symonds - Flotsam and Jetsam


Saturday 13 January - Friday 3rd March

The accumulation of the world’s detritus and debris provides inspiration for this new body of work. Whether that be the result of wreckage at sea or lost cargo, objects are constantly being washed up on shorefronts, often having crossed large distances and even continents.

Within that journey these objects undergo a processes of ageing, disintegration and erosion. The original function becomes obsolete and they take on new physical and textural forms. They are changing shape in addition to mapping their journeys and making apparent their histories.

As we live within a “culture of austerity” the discarded, wasted and throwaway are likewise being transformed with resourcefulness and innovation. A large part of Symonds recent practice involves making use of discarded canvases, the ones stored away and overlooked. He began to recycle, reuse, and re-value. Gradually new structures and forms emerged from this process of dismantling and constant rearrangement. Although altered in their shape, surface and identity the traces of the original form is obvious.

Pete Symonds was born near Perth, Australia and now lives and works in Leeds. He gained a B.A.(Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University and has exhibited at various galleries nationwide. He was also shortlisted for the NatWest Painting Prize.