After studying at School of Arts and Crafts, Braunschweig, the Academy of Fine Art, Stuttgart, the Slade School of Art, London, and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Kalkhof’s work was influenced by his interest in cultures outside of Europe and their use of geometry. Straight and curved lines, along with grids, circles and squares were a staple in his practice.
Moving to the UK the year before, in 1964 Peter Kalkhof began teaching lithography and etching at the University of Reading. He remained at the University for 35 years. He donated the artwork Cosmic Scatter II, which can be viewed in the University Library, on his retirement in October 1999.
The University Art Collection holds two artworks by Peter Kalkhof, on a variety of subjects.