2015 Exhibition: Night Watch
BlogTO article, February 2015
Toronto Life article, March 2013
As a landscape painter, I strive to create images that connect viewers to their immediate surroundings. While my work is situated in the present, it often invokes artists from the past whose paintings linger in our collective memory and influence how we think about the landscape. Edward Hopper and Lawren Harris are two such artists whose iconic imagery still resonates, and whose reputation casts a long shadow over all artists working within the genre. In the exhibition Evening with Hopper I began by meticulously recreating their historical paintings in miniature and framing them within current urban architecture. I wanted their historical depictions to be subsumed by the modern, acknowledging the power of their legacy while challenging their continued relevancy to a contemporary audience.
Peter Harris 2017
PETER HARRIS attended the University of Waterloo, graduating with a B.A. in painting in 1997. He has exhibited in both Canada and the United States and has received several awards including an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Grant and a Waterloo Region Arts Fund project grant. Harris' work is found in numerous private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe including Colart Collection, Montreal; KLSAL, Erfurt, Germany and OPSEU, Toronto.
Peter Harris lives and works in Toronto.
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