Conversations with the City: Pete Scully, Urban Sketcher
September 19 – November 13, 2016
Pete Scully chronicles daily life by sketching the places, people, and things that surround him. He works swiftly and returns to favorite locations repeatedly. This exhibition displays sketchbook drawings captured in sites as varied as Davis and Scully’s native London, UK, to examine drawing’s power to promote urban interactions.
Pete Scully has lived in Davis since late 2005, working at the Statistics Department of UC Davis since 2006 as graduate coordinator. Pete is an avid urban sketcher who draws the everyday world around him – streets, people, fire hydrants, all urban details – in ink line and watercolor wash, using his sketchbook to have a conversation with his environment. He draws to remember, in case he forgets.
This exhibition displays drawings captured in sites as varied as Davis (his home since 2005) and his native London, UK. Pete has organized sketch-crawls in Davis and London, and his work has appeared in several publications globally. His first book, Creative Sketching Workshop, was published in Fall 2015 and his book Five-Minute Sketching People will appear in Fall 2016.
Pete is an original correspondent for the website and non-profit Urban Sketchers (urbansketchers.org), dedicated to promoting the art of location drawing. In 2011 he had his first solo exhibit of Davis sketches at the Pence Gallery. Pete lives in Davis with his wife, Angela, and his son, Luke. They watch a lot of soccer together.