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Peter Markey 1930-2016

November 3, 2016 by  

We are very sad to announce the death yesterday, November 2nd, of Peter Markey, aged 86.

Peter was the first automata artist to start making work for us in 1979 and he continued to make automata for almost 50 years. His deceptively simple style and insistence on using the most basic materials belied his ingenuity as a maker.

Peter’s creations continue to inspire new audiences and we will always remember his exuberance and vitality.

Image: Peter Markey on his 75th Birthday, (2005) with a gift from and made by Paul Spooner.


3 Responses to “Peter Markey 1930-2016”

  1. Alan Mackenzie on November 6th, 2016 9:33 am

    Sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He brought a lot of enjoyment to people’s lives with his quirky inventions. I remember Cabaret in the High Street – good times. Alan- Falmouth

  2. Mike Feist on November 10th, 2016 5:46 pm

    Sad – a very distinctive artist whose clarity of mechanisms and colour schemes have had a great impact on the automata world.

  3. Chris Glass on January 7th, 2017 6:19 pm

    I have the video in which he memorably said that his pieces had to be simply because he was such an incompetent craftsman. It was a beautiful moment.

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