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Peter Kennard (born 17 February 1949) is a London born and based photomontage artist and Senior Research Reader in Photography, Art and the Public Domain at the Royal College of Art. Seeking to reflect his involvement in the anti-Vietnam War movement, he turned from painting to photomontage to better address his political views. He is best known for the images he created for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the 1970s–80s including a detournment of John Constable's Hay Wain called "Haywain with Cruise Missiles".

Because many of the left-wing organisations and publications Kennard used to work with have disappeared, he has turned to using exhibitions, books and the internet for his work.

Kennard has work in the public collections of several major London museums and the The Arts Council of England. He has his work displayed as part of Tate Britain's permanent collection and is on public view as part of 2013's rehang "A Walk Through British Art".

He originally trained as a painter at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London and later at the Royal College of Art.

kennardphillipps is a collaboration between Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps born out of a response to the invasion of Iraq.

John Berger has said of the unofficial war artists' work:

In these memorable images, in these images that refuse to be forgotten, go very close to the griefs being inflicted – they are still-lifes of grief, and, at the same time includes the time-scale of the mountain. They are the opposite of news flashes. They are full of history’s irony, fury and anger at the mistakes made in its name. They reveal the tawdriness of the Gang’s half-truths. They acknowledge the pain of what is happening. They might be quoting Simone Weil who wrote: “There is a natural alliance between truth and affliction, because both of them are mute supplicants, eternally condemned to stand speechless in our presence.” And they are exemplary because, in face of such inevitable speechlessness, they remind us of the need to speak out in protest, the protests of the dead and the living.

Their work is made for the the gallery and street and was perfectly represented by their large scale billboard "SHOVE" at Banksy's Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare.

kennardphillipps are very much stars of the urban art protest scene and are regiulary featured in the media. They have exhibited at many prestigious galleries across the UK including Tate Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, Barbican Centre and the ICA.

They have also exhibited in many countries worldwide including the USA, Jordan, Palestine, Ireland, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Netherlands, Italy and Slovenia.