Peter Lord is an art historian, who specialises in the study of the visual culture of Wales. He has particular interests in the artisan painters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the imaging of industrial Wales in the first half of the twentieth century, and in the theoretical questions which arise from the study of visual culture in a nation regarded as marginal to the mainstream of western art history.
Peter Lord took a degree in Fine Art at the University of Reading in 1970. Until 1986 he worked primarily as a sculptor, latterly working on large-scale public commissions. Since 1986 he has worked as a writer. In 1994 he was Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. From 1997 until 2003 he was a research fellow at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth.
Peter Lord lectures, publishes, and works in television and radio in both the English and Welsh languages. In 1999 he wrote and presented The Big Picture, a seven-part television series about Welsh visual culture, commissioned by the BBC. His major publications include: The Aesthetics of Relevance (Llandysul: Gomer, 1992).