Totemic – Beasts of the Black Mountains

A Peak Commission for Green Man Festival 2017
Situated on site at the Horsebox Studio, Einstein’s Garden.

Originally from Cardiff, artist and designer Pete Fowler works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, animation, printmaking and sculpture and is best known for his artwork for the Super Furry Animals.  For Peak’s artist commission for Green Man 2017, Pete was lured away from his studio on Brick Lane, London for a research visit to the rural Black Mountains of Wales.

Over an intense four days, Pete visited a variety of locations, including waterways, mountains and woodlands and met local residents and eco volunteers. Pete was inspired to creatively respond to the region’s unique landscape to design a psychedelic mirrored realm of the environment.

Pete has created TOTEMIC – Beasts of the Black Mountains, a company of fantastical beasts that live and breathe within the features of the terrain. Pete unleashed the Canal Hydrus, Table Mountain Shaman, Alder Wood Spriteand River Usk Nymph at Green Man festival. Audiences were invited into the unique portal of the Horsebox Studio, a creative mobile space that takes Peak projects on the road.

Alder Wood SpritexCanal HydrusRiver Usk NymphTable Mountain Shaman

During the festival weekend this portal grew and mutated as families and folk created their own interpretations of the beasts through creative drawing and writing workshops. Did the Green Man have the ingenuity to tame these strengthening beasts?

Totemic was exhibited at The Old School in Crickhowell in spring 2018 and ended with a creative workshop weekend for families for families to work alongside Pete and develop their very own artwork and poetry, and eventually construct a totem pole. You can see the impact of this project in our short video below, filmed by Eleanor Paish.

TOTEMIC: Beasts of the Black Mountains from Peak Cymru on Vimeo.


Limited edition Pete Fowler prints can be purchased via

All designs are in Pete’s iconic psychedelic style, printed on A3 giclee, 310 gsm, 100% cotton bright white paper. Order today and your print will be sent to you within 5 working days. We have a limited number of each design in stock so hurry and get them while you can!

Head on over to Pete’s online shop where you will find a further 7 original paintings from the Totemic collection 

All proceeds of print sales will go towards funding Peak’s children and young people programme. Our aim is to increase opportunities for children and young people to engage in activities across all strands of our artistic programme.

Totemic is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Brecon Beacons Trust.

Rebecca Chesney is the first Artist-in-Residence for the Black Mountains, in partnership with Peak and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Rebecca...

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A Peak Commission for Green Man Festival 2017 Situated on site at the Horsebox Studio, Einstein’s Garden. Originally from Cardiff,...

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