Milly Peck is a British artist working across painting, sculpture and installation. Working at the slip between two and three-dimensions, Peck uses a modest colour palette creating cartoonish imagery to depict slapstick yet mundane scenes, drawn from the everyday and domestic environment.
Milly Peck creates scenes that are often cropped into a smaller, more considered view points to create a sense of staged liveness similar to a theatrical set. In previous works, she has drawn from “Foley” (sound effects that are added to films and other media in postproduction) as a process for exploring the reproduction of the minute detail of everyday life and for the architectural qualities of the Foley-studio, where the Foley process takes place.
Peck’s work is often site-specific, responding to existing architectural and historical features whilst negotiating the demands of a location, working in human scale to evoke use. Although she creates imitations, her work poses the possibility of activity. Peck’s prop-like construction, and recent introduction of lighting, is reflective of her broader interest in theatre and the stage. By repurposing dramatic devices used within this context, Peck continues to explore elements of fakery and imitation present within the everyday, revealing their often comedic potential.
Milly Peck (b. 1990, London, UK) lives and works in London, UK. She holds a BFA in Fine art from Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2012) and an MA in Sculpture from The Royal College of Art (2016). Awards include: Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursary (2018); David Troostwyk/Matt's Gallery Studio Award (2016); Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust Grant (2016); Villiers David Travel Award (2015); Peel Award (2011).
Peck has been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including: VITRINE, Basel, CH; East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol, UK; Tintype Gallery, London, UK; Assembly Point, London, UK; Matt’s Gallery, London, UK; Jerwood Space, London, UK; g36, Glasgow, UK; Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; BALTIC, Newcastle, UK; Thame-Side Studios Gallery, London, UK; Annarumma Gallery, Naples, IT; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK; The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK; The Greenroom, Krakow, PL; and Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK.
Residencies include: AA2A Artist in Residence, Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK (2013-2014) and Artist in Residence, Surbiton High School, London, UK (2013). Peck was recently awarded The Bridget Riley Fellowship at the British School at Rome, IT (April-October 2021).
Nadim Abbas, Nicole Bachmann, Edwin Burdis, Kara Chin, Anaïs Comer, Tim Etchells, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ludovica Gioscia, Katrin Hanusch, Candice Jacobs, Sophie Jung, Rene Matić, Campbell McConnell, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Milly Peck, Sam Porritt, Ralph Pritchard, Natasha Rees, Bioni Samp, James Stopforth, and Charlie Godet Thomas.