Born in 1946 Peter Wademan attended Mayfield between 1960 and 1963. In his teens, Peter was a member of the Air Cadets where he developed model making skills and an aptitude for drawing aircraft. His interest in aircraft and flying was nurtured by his father, who flew Spitfires in the war, taking him to air displays around London.
Following Art School, where Peter picked up the nick name ‘Spike’, he joined the prestigious London design studios of ‘The Design Group’. While working in the commercial world of advertising, Spike was also a member of the 44th Parachute Brigade. Through this he was able to maintain contact with aircraft and flying. Spike has exhibited at New Zealand’s ‘Warbirds over Wanaka’ air display.
Spike is probably unaware of the fact that appreciative commissioners of his work have commented on his abilities on the Internet. In a blog on Naval Art, Graeme Martin wrote: ‘Spike Wademan from Queenstown, New Zealand, is currently holding an exhibition in nearby Arrowtown. He is a very good marine artist and an excellent aviation artist. He has done a magnificent Tirpitz painting for me and also the Yamato on her last sortie. Apart from being a very good draftsman, his knowledge, research and understanding of wind, tide and what the ship looked like on any given day in her career is all important for a factual representation.’