Peggy Lock's artistic intelligence is the result of a long career in teaching and a lifetime as an inveterate collector of domestic artefacts and ephemera. This eclectic mix of interests and experiences combined with the childhood influence of the Festival of Britain has shaped and defined her work. Passion and enthusiasm for the subject did not diminish during her time working in schools, indeed it helped her keep an open mind and contributed to the contemporary quality of her work.
She is currently developing a series of still life images, the predominant theme is of blue and white china and Staffordshire pottery. The joy of finding shards of blue and white pottery from the age of eight are the trigger for this series. Whilst her work is essentially decorative in character she gives significance to the intimate details of the artefacts used. Two and three dimensions are deliberately ambiguous and various elements are fused together in order to convey a sense of daydreaming and evoke memories and feelings.
Peggy Lock studied fine art and printed textiles at college. As a student she won a prestigious award sponsored by the then Cotton Board. Her design was printed by David Whitehead and was featured in House and Garden. She has undertaken a number of commissioned textile pieces since leaving college, these are in private collections.
Influences include: Patrick Caulfield, John Craxton, ceramics, Philip Eglin, engraving, Howard Hodgkin, Indian art, Japanese art, Paul Klee, C.R.Mackintosh, Henri Matisse, Nature, Ben Nicholson, Samuel Palmer, Eric Ravillious, The Arts and Craft movement, wood and lino cuts.