New York exhibition for academy art teacher

One of  Jean-Pierre's paintings selected for the exhibition, Kaiju Girl
One of Jean-Pierre's paintings selected for the exhibition, Kaiju Girl
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A Peterhead Academy teacher will be exhibiting two paintings at the Resobox Gallery located in Long Island, New York this month.

The work by Art and Design teacher Jean-Pierre Lapeyre will be on show from Friday, January 10 until Thursday, January 30.

Jean-Pierre has been teaching at Peterhead for two years and said: “Its a great school and the pupils are fantastic.

“I think spreading the word about the show is good for the children and their families to see the positive outcomes of Art and Design as a subject.”

Before working at the academy, Jean-Pierre graduated from Gray’s School of Art with first-class honours in 2005.

This isn’t the first time Jean-Pierre has had his work on display as he explained: I always paint in my spare time but this is quite an exciting development for me as I have never shown my paintings in New York.

“I used to exhibit regularly including a group show at the Peacock Visual Art Centre, Aberdeen in 2008 and a group show at The Changing Room gallery, Stirling in 2010. I was also a runner up for the 2007 Aspect prize in London.

“I decided to change my style a bit in 2010 and this was the first thing that I had attemped to get since building up the new body of work so it really has been three years of hard work that has paid off!”

On how his work ended up in New York, Jean-Pierre said:“The gallery put a call-out to artists who were working on the theme “Kaiju” (a Japanese term meaning ‘strange monster’ as seen in manga and Japanese movies) and as a Kaiju toy collector, I was already exploring this in my paintings so I sent them the required artist statement and images, and I was selected by the curator, Ayakoh Furukawa.”