"I always think that art is one of the most wonderful, exciting, curious ways to learn."
Working across film, painting, television and mixed media, Peter Greenaway can be discussed as much in the wider bracket of visual artists than as a film director in the conventional sense.
The dialogue between various artistic forms is certainly something Greenaway engages with in his film work, which often draws in a very explicit way on the traditions of painting, literature, music and theatre. This exploration and interrogation of art history through the medium of film has won him much acclaim, and also some stigma from those who see his highly stylised approach as being elitist.
But there is no denying the impact of Greenaway's flamboyant, meticulous visions, or the intellectual rigor of their questioning of art history, and its role within modern visual culture.