Friends by Peter McDonald

The painting captures a trio of friends, with cocktails in hand and wearing colorful patterns with glitter. The medley of candy colors and the bubble shaped heads with overlapping, transparent effects are trademarks of Peter's artistic vocabulary.

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  • PUZZLE: 502 PIECES, 56 X 40 CM
  • ART PRINT: 70 X 50 CM

Peter McDonald is an artist who lives and works in London and Tokyo. He depicts everyday encounters and events with light, bright colors and a sense of humor. People engaged in diverse activities reflect the contemporary world of work and leisure. His figures are inspired by real-life situations. People reading books, having conversations or dreaming appear in his work. Inflated bubble heads in different shapes and colors, with overlapping, transparent effects are trademarks of Peter’s artistic vocabulary.


“It was a breakthrough for me when I started experimenting with a visual language where heads overlap and the see-through colors of different heads merge. It’s a visual language that signifies the connection and communications between minds,” he says.

  • Edition: 250 puzzles, incl. art print
  • 502 die-cut puzzle pieces with solid black board
  • Complete puzzle: 56 x 40 cm
  • Recycled and FSC-certified paper and board
  • Matte laminated pieces which adds exclusive tactility, minimizes reflections, and protects the surface
  • Black canvas puzzle bag with zipper
  • Black folder containing two separate prints of the motif and its story – perfect when you are more than one
  • Exclusive numbered box, in a color chosen by Peter, which looks great on the coffee table or on the bookshelf.
  • Numbered art print, 70 x 50 cm, with the motif on carefully selected art paper
Shipping & returns

We offer free shipping within Sweden to boxes and agents as well as home delivery for a surcharge. The international shipping costs are differentiated for each country. With the correct country setting of market in the header, you will find the shipping cost in the checkout. Orders are sent from our warehouse in Sweden on weekdays (excluding Swedish holidays).

When ordering to countries outside the EU, it is the customer’s responsibility to pay import tax and duty according to local rules. The amount of tax and payment obligation is different in all countries. In some cases, the carrier may ask you for an advance payment for the tax and customs.

Our return policy lasts 14 days. If 14 days have gone since you have received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange. To be eligible for a return, your item must be in new condition with sealed plastic around the product. You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. Read more.

FAQ - Limited Edition

Below you will find frequently asked questions about Peter McDonald’s puzzle Friends. More general questions and answers can be found by clicking here.


When the limited edition of 250 is sold out, will more be produced?

No, we only produce 250 puzzles and art prints.


Will the next Limited Edition puzzle also be made in 250 copies and have the same price?

In dialogue with the artists, we decide on both number and price. There is no ambition for it to be the same as previously launched editions. Both price and quantity will thus differ from edition to edition.


Are the puzzle and the art print numbered?

Yes, both the puzzle box and the art print are numbered (73/250, 74/250, etc.).


What kind of paper do you use for the art print?

We print the art print on a high-quality and multi-certified 240 gram paper called MultiDesign Natural.


Where is the art print made?

We produce the art print in Borås, Sweden, together with a well-established printing company with a strong focus on quality.


Where is the puzzle and its packaging made?

Puzzle making is a craft that requires a great deal of knowledge and experience. To achieve the quality we strive for, we collaborate with two production units in China and one in Borås, Sweden.


Who has control over and owns the original artwork Friends?

The original of the unique artwork Friends is owned and controlled by us, The Puzl Sweden AB.


Where can I read more about Peter McDonald?

We advise you to visit Peters agent,


Can I find Peter McDonald on Instagram?

Absolutely, and he is great to follow! Click here to go to Peter’s profile.

“In my mind, there’s a narrative behind every painting that enables me to finish the piece. Once it’s done, it’s free to go out into the world and be interpreted by others.”
Peter McDonald´s studio in London Peters studio in London

Location: London & Tokyo
Work: Artist
Instagram: @peter_mcdonald_

It´s in the details

Peter adapts his source imagery into small sketches, which are in turn developed into painted works on paper, before being further refined when translated onto canvas. He works primarily with a Japanese acrylic gouache that has a chalky, matte finish. 

We asked Peter how he feels about the fact that people will spend hours putting the pieces of the Friends puzzle together. 

“The more you look, the more you see. When I’m looking at any painting I find that the longer I look, the more details I see and the more insights I might have. And if I look at the same painting again, maybe my perspectives have changed, and somehow what I see changes. It will be extra interesting to see what people find in the Friends composition when they are that close and concentrate that much on it. I think it’s fantastic.” 

Peter tells us, “It was a strange moment in time when we were told we couldn’t go out, meet people, have drinks and conversations. I did a lot of paintings of people with very colorful cocktails – like magic concoctions – and dressed in rich and colorful outfits painted with acrylic gouache, metallic paint and glitter paint.”

Artist painting bubble shaped heads Bubble shaped heads
Artwork painted in Japanese acrylic gouache Japanese acrylic gouache
Giving back with each purchase

With every purchase of our Limited Editions, The PUZL donates part of the proceeds to a charity that is close to the artist’s heart. Peter McDonald has chosen to focus on helping vulnerable children and contribute to the need for well-functioning schools. The organization that we have chosen to support together is Unicef. This fantastic organisation works in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents – and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. Across more than 190 countries and territories, they do whatever it takes to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. With a donation of 100 SEK per sold product we can help in efforts to shape a better world.


Peter McDonald was born in Tokyo in 1973. He studied at Central Saint Martins School and graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2000. In 2008 he was awarded the John Moores Painting Prize. Recent exhibitions include Visitor, a year-long exhibition and residency at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in Japan and Winnebago, Carpets, Onsen, Potter at the Daiwa Foundation, London. In 2011 his work was included in Travelling Light, works from the Government Art Collection selected by Simon Schama at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Peter McDonald is represented by the renowned gallery Kate MacGarry in London, UK

Peter McDonald in his studio in London Peter McDonald in his studio in London