Originally from Cardiff, artist and designer Pete Fowler works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, animation, printmaking and sculpture and is best known for his artwork for the Super Furry Animals. For Peak’s artist commission for Green Man 2017, Pete was lured away from his studio on Brick Lane, London for a research visit to the rural Black Mountains of Wales.
Over an intense four days, Pete visited a variety of locations, including waterways, mountains and woodlands and met local residents and eco volunteers. Pete was inspired to creatively respond to the region’s unique landscape to design a psychedelic mirrored realm of the environment.
Pete created TOTEMIC – Beasts of the Black Mountains, a company of fantastical beasts that live and breathe within the features of the terrain. Pete unleashed the Canal Hydrus, Table Mountain Shaman, Alder Wood Spriteand River Usk Nymph at Green Man festival.
Totemic was also exhibited at the Peak Studio at The Old School in Crickhowell in spring 2018 and ended with a creative workshop weekend for families for families to work alongside Pete and develop their very own artwork and poetry, and eventually construct a totem pole. You can see the impact of this project in our short video below, filmed by Eleanor Paish.