Peter M. Camfferman
Peter Camfferman along with his wife, Margaret Gove Camfferman were among the earliest Modernist painters active in the Northwest.
They were both members of Seattle’s progressive “Group of Twelve”.
He was born in the Hague, Netherlands and emigrated to the US around 1902. He attended the Minneapolis School of Arts and married fellow art student Margaret Gove in 1914.
The Camfferman’s arrived at Whidbey Island, Washington in 1915 and built their own home along with studio’s for visiting artists. They called their home Brackenwood and Peter built most of the furniture in the house from driftwood that they collected on the shore.
Peter began exhibiting around 1920 at the Seattle Fine Arts Society in the Northwest Annuals which were later held at the Seattle Art Museum. In the early 1920’s, Camfferman studied with Stanton MacDonald Wright and was influenced by the movement known as “Synchromism” which Wright co-founded with Morgan Russell.
Camfferman adapted the style and extant paintings by him in this manner date as early as 1920 making his experimentations in abstraction earlier than most northwest artists.
During the 1920’s and 30’s, the Camfferman’s traveled extensively throughout the US, Mexico and Europe to study and paint. In 1932, Peter studied in Paris with the Cubist painter Andre L’hote who had a profound influence on his work.
Peter’s exhibition history includes the NY Society of Independent Artists, Chicago Art Institute, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Oakland Art Gallery, the New York Municipal Exhibition at Rockefeller Center in NYC and numerous others. There is a representative selection of his work at the Seattle Art Museum where he had several solo exhibitions throughout his career.