Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1941, Peter Stebbing attended Waldorf
Schools in England. Having studied at art schools in Brighton and London,
he emigrated to the United States in 1966, continuing his studies at
Cornell University and earning the M.F.A. degree in painting in 1968.
While teaching design and colour courses over a period of six years in
the City University of New York, he began a practical exploration of
the scientific colour phenomena set forth by Goethe in his colour theory.
This led eventually to a turning point — to the crucial question of
finding a correspondingly lawful approach to colour in painting.
The new and wholly different training in colour experience begun in 1976
with the painter Gerard Wagner on the basis of Rudolf Steiner's motif
sketches, resolved fundamental artistic questions with a coherent and
systematic approach. Fully in accord with Goethe's discoveries and
method, this approach may be termed ‘Goetheanistic.’
Peter Stebbing subsequently established a painting school at the
Threefold Educational Foundation
in Spring Valley, N.Y., teaching there from 1983 until 1990. Since 1992
he has been director of the
Arteum Painting School
in Dornach, Switzerland. He is also the translator and editor of various
anthroposophical art publications.