A Brief History Of Peter
Peter Pracownik is in the forefront of what can best be described
as the visionary school of art. He was born under the sign of
Libra in Bristol, which is in the west of England. He has lived
much of his life in Glastonbury, a place steeped in mysticism
and history. The town dates back to the time of King Arthur, the
ruined abbey is said to be the last resting-place of Arthur and
his queen Guinevere
The cottage he lived in looked
out over the famous Tor, the ancient magical hill around which
so many of the ancient legends are centred. He currently lives
in North Cornwall, according to legend Arthur's birthplace. Peter's
house is situated on a dragon ley line, a power source which runs
through the earth from St Michael's Mount in western Cornwall,
through Glastonbury Tor, all the way across the country, passing
through many other ancient sites. Peter has an extensive knowledge
of myths and legends, Celtic, Saxon and Arthurian in particular.
Peter has been at the very top of the New
Age/Fantasy School of modern artists, he has been making his mark
on the American art scene since his first exhibition in Los Angeles
in 1989. Since going into print early in 1989 he has sold over
six million impressions of his art in art-card formats alone.
From limited edition prints to greeting cards, from album covers
to T-shirts, from jigsaws to tarot decks and collectible cards,
Peters work has been seen all around the world. Peter has exhibited
his art all over the world from London to Los Angeles - including
a one-man show at the MGM studios in Hollywood. He was commissioned
in 1993 to design a T-shirt and poster for a Grateful Dead Tour,
this image has recently been licensed to Pyramid Publishing for
manufacture as a poster. He was invited to take part in an Arthur
C Clarke exhibition in the UK in 1995 alongside such luminaries
as Jim Burns , Terry Pratchett and Helen Sharman , the first UK
woman in space.
As a personality, Peter is no stranger to
media attention. He has been interviewed by all the major UK TV
networks. He has appeared on TV programs in Los Angeles, Dallas
and New York that have featured his distinctive Wyvern role-playing
game and album covers.
Peter's exhaustive knowledge and understanding
of mythology and legend brought him to the attention of US Games
who commissioned him to create the best selling Dragon Tarot.
The set was so successful that US Games next commissioned Peter
to create the images for the Wyvern collectible card game, which
has since become one of the most popular fantasy role playing
games in the USA and Europe. He has recently finished another
commission from US Games to create a tarot deck based on JRR Tolkein's
' Lord Of The Rings'. Other recent commissions include a Lord
Of The Rings poster for Wizard and Genius in Switzerland, which
has recently also been licensed to Express Gifts in the UK as
a jigsaw and has already become their best selling design for
1998, a Nostradamus poster again for Wizard and Genius , and an
album cover for ex Deep Purple/Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore
So far in 1999 Peter has licensed The Millenium , Eclipse and
Tales of King Arthur as posters, started work on a range of scupltured
dragons for Collectible World Studios scheduled for release at
the end of 1999 , and licensed several images to Pyramid Publishing
UK to launch a new range of posters and postcards.
Peter's following spans a wide variety
of ages and cultures - from serious art collectors to veteran
bikers, from new age devotees to fantasy game players, young and
old. His unique style is know the world over and has won the admiration
and respect of artists, critics, collectors and the public alike.
He is truly an artist of the New Age.