Peter Davies on Pete Hoida in 'Art Review'

'Four Gloucestershire Painters' at Axiom Gallery, 1986

Fishin Evetday by Pete Hoida
Fishin' Everyday, 140 x 31 cm, 1985

Pete Hoida relinquishes drawings altogether and uses the textural and chromatic energy of thick paint to give his pictures their peculiar light, space and vitality. In his Light at Whale Wharf for example, a densely packed surface of thick swathes of paint generates its own hidden space across the Axiom's spacious gallery. Reminiscent of Hitchens in his most lyrical and earthy mood, Hoida has a good touch and feel for movement, and his work has a tactile as well as purely visual or cerebral effect.

Peter Davies, Art Review, February 1986