Exhibition to go ahead despite loss of much-loved Chichester artist

PETER Iden, one of Chichester’s best-known artists, has died in St Richard’s Hospital at the age of 66.

After studying graphic design at West Sussex College of Art and Design in Worthing, Mr Iden worked for a few years in an architectural drawing office in Worthing before setting up as a freelance artist in 1967.

Since moving to Chichester a year later, he held around 30 one-man exhibitions, in the city and elsewhere.

His wife Mary said: “He was one of a very small number of artists who managed to make a living entirely from their painting; he had no agent, received no grants, and never did any teaching.

“His work has been hung in a number of venues including Pallant House Gallery, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Messum’s Gallery in Cork Street, London, and the Chichester Open Art Exhibition.”

Mary added: “Peter was a familiar figure to many, either pottering round Chichester or striding over the Downs with his rucksack and walking boots.

“His funeral took place last week in Chichester Crematorium, attended by many of his large and faithful following, who had also become his lifelong friends.

“An exhibition of his paintings that he had planned before his death will still go ahead, though none of the pictures will be for sale.”

The exhibition will be held in the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, in Chichester, from April 17-28.

Anyone who would like more details can visit http://oxmarket.com.

Donations made in Peter’s memory will be used to support a National Trust landscape project in the South Downs.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can send a cheque, made payable to The National Trust, to Miss Aletta Welensky, Giving Programmes Coordinator, The National Trust, Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2NA, stating that the donation is in memory of Peter Iden.