Peter Flanagan was born in 1957 and spent his first eighteen years living with his family in various outposts of the retreating British Empire.
He studied graphic design at Lincoln College of Art and then moved to Newcastle where he worked as a graphic designer for a number of years. He gradually developed more interest in fine art which led him to study for a BA (Hons) at the University of Northumbria, specialising in printmaking. Since then he has worked as a lecturer and been a full time artist since 2005.
Peter states: "I am particularly interested in atmosphere; the time of day and year, lighting, weather conditions, phases of the moon and the tides. I will visit the location a number of times first, drawing and absorbing the place. I will then work from life in the open air, often starting on a number of paintings which I will finish in the studio. The result is a mixture of topography and invention; poetic realism perhaps"
He has exhibited widely and has paintings in many collections in Britain and abroad, including that of the Queen Mother.