Peter Martin, co-organiser of Ardú, is a muralist, stained glass artist and Secondary School teacher based in Cork City. He is a graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design where he specialised in stained glass. Peter has spent time studying both glass casting and stained glass in Shanghai and Germany respectively.
The subject matter and themes of his artwork are often specific to the area in which it is being painted. Architecture and nighttime scenes of Cork city feature heavily in his work. His style varies from an animated narrative to photorealistic.
Peter's use of colour in his murals is greatly influenced from his studies in stained glass and both mediums complement each other through their graphic style and vibrancy.
Peter has number of murals throughout Cork City, and his stained glass work is housed in many public and private collections both in Ireland and abroad.
Ardú, featuring seven extraordinary murals from seven of Ireland's top street artists, arrived in Cork October 2020 injecting a burst of colour, vibrancy, and life into Cork city in lockdown - uniting the Leeside community through art, lifting its creative and community spirit at a time when it needed it most.
Ardú – the Irish for Rise' – bases itself on a theme of nostalgia and celebration. Cork City rose from the ashes 100 years ago following the Burning of Cork, and now faces the challenge to rise again.