Peter Deighan is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest Portrait and Sporting Painters. Born in Ireland but living and working in the UK, he predominantly works in the medium of oil paint. His subjects vary from portraits, to sporting scenes and still life studies plus an abundance of wildlife paintings from his many visits to Africa.
He held his first major exhibition in the Duke of Bedford’s stately home, Woburn Abbey. Among his earlier commissions were portraits of the comedian Eric Morecambe, footballer Jimmy Greaves, speaker of the House of Commons Selwyn Lloyd, Cardinal Basil Hume Archbishop of Westminister (this portrait hangs in the Vatican).
Author Frederick Forsyth, Lester Piggott, Steve Davis, and the first official portrait of Prime Minister, John Major. Some of his more noteworthy Irish portraits were of Peadar O’Donnell, Sean McBride, Charles J. Haughey and Michael O’Hehir which were unveiled on RTE’s Late Late Show in Dublin.
As Peter’s reputation grew, he began to receive commissions from North America. His notable patrons included Payne Stewart, Peter visited Payne Stewart’s home in Florida to paint his portrait, there he met and was commissioned to paint Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara. Shortly after the tragic death of Payne Stewart, Peter’s portrait of the golfer sold for £1.4 million.
Peter quickly established a reputation as one of the leading Sporting Painters and received commissions from prominent members of the racing fraternity, including Vincent O’Brien, JP McManus, Robert Sangster, Captain John MacDonald-Buchanan, Lord and Lady Tavistock, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum.
With the popularity of his equine paintings, Peter continued to receive commissions from the world of Football, Golf, Rugby, Boxing, Formula 1 and Snooker and was commissioned to paint the 2006 European Ryder Cup team by Dr Michael Smurfit, for the K Club. He has had his paintings displayed in the annual exhibitions of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Society of Equestrian Artists in London.