Peter Baer was born into a Jewish family in Berlin, Germany and immigrated with his family to London in 1936, where his father Hermann established an antiques shop in Mayfair, prior to a six-month internement in 1940. In 1948, Peter was naturalised and enrolled at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, supporting himself with a variety of jobs including as a gas lamp-lighter in Lisson Grove. In the 1950s he was associated with the 'Kitchen Sink' painters and exhibited at the Beaux Arts Gallery, Mayfair, later making etchings at Birgit Skiolds's Print Workshop in Charlotte Street. Skiold introduced him in 1959 to Stanley Jones and Timothy Simon, founders of the Curwen Studio at the Curwen Press in Plaistow, east London and Baer assisted with the day-to-day running of the studio, also working directly with a variety of artists including Henry Moore, John Piper and Barbara Hepworth to proof images which were intitially hand-printed from stone and zinc plate. A talented and inventive printmaker himself from 1968 onwards, from 1970 until his retirement in 1989, he also taught printmaking at Hammersmith School of Art (later absorbed into Chelsea College of Art and Design). A memorial exhibition was held at the Ben Uri Gallery.
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