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Symbolic Abstractions: New Gallery Exhibition

This week, a new exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture by Peter Rowbotham opened at the Bethlem Gallery. Peter lives and works in Croydon and is a former patient of Bethlem Royal Hospital. He has been making artwork since he was a child. He studied at Goldsmiths College and Hammersmith College and among his influences are Mark Chagall and Pablo Picasso. Peter has experienced mental health problems since his twenties, and has been in and out of hospital care for most of his life. His artwork is an important part of his life and helps him to keep well. He attributes his graphic style to his years working in the screen printing trade and the narrative element of his work to his life experiences.

Exhibition open: 27th July - 20th August Wednesday - Friday, 11am - 6pm and Saturday 7th August, 11am - 6pm (Museum also open on this date).

My work comes from my imagination and memories of people and places I have seen. I paint and draw juxtaposing images to represent feelings and emotions.