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Peter Drake

Peter Drake Biography


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A R T I S T    S T A T E M E N T

 

“My newest body of work is based on a collection of lead soldiers my father assembled over the course of his life. I was surprised when I inherited them to see how many depicted Arab and North African soldiers. There were Zouaves, Saracenes, Mamaluks and Ottoman Turks. It struck me as strange that we have been demonizing certain cultures forever. That even in child’s play the exotic could take on a menacing and evil aspect. 

My first instinct was to look closer. I take macro photographs of the figures with raking light to heighten their effect and to exaggerate the distortions in the figures. I then use the photographs as a starting point for a series of paintings that would be larger than life. The scale is important to me because I want to reverse the roles of viewer and subject and have the toys loom over us. A toy Buckingham Palace guard can tower over the viewer like an equestrian sculpture. The backgrounds have varied from suggestions of landscapes to more familiar still life shelf settings. They can appear almost real and at other times more in keeping with the sculpture as still life tradition. 

The most exciting aspect of the blow-ups for me is the ways in which the figures become distorted by scale. Hands and feet appear to have been mangled, the pockmarks of missing paint looks like shrapnel wounds. Faces that seemed acceptable as miniatures become grotesques when enlarged, swords become chain saws, rifles can become candy canes. What was serious appears absurd and the innocent become morbid. Riflemen teetering on their wobbly stands becomes a metaphor for the instability of colonialist thinking and the entire project takes on the feeling of some horrific déjà vu. It’s frightening to think that so much animosity can be embedded in a child’s toy.”

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Recent
2009 Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 District & Co., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2005 Claire Oliver Fine Art, New York
Linda Warren Gallery Chicago, IL
2003 Linda Warren Gallery Chicago, IL
2002 Lisa Sette Gallery Scottsdale, AZ
2001 Elizabeth Leach Gallery Portland, OR

1990’s
1997 The Lowe Gallery Atlanta, GA
Elizabeth Leach Gallery Portland, OR
1996 Curt Marcus Gallery New York
1994 The Lowe Gallery Atlanta, GA
1993 Patricia Shea Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Lisa Sette Gallery Scottsdale, AZ
1992 Curt Marcus Gallery New York
1991 Shea & Bornstein Gallery Los Angeles, CA

1980’s
1989 Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Koln, Germany
Kunst-Station Frankfurt Frankfurt, Germany
1987 Bruce Vellick Gallery San Francisco, CA
Sette Gallery Scottsdale, AZ
Curt Marcus Gallery New York
1986 Michael Kohn Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1985 Sharpe Gallery New York
1984 Sharpe Gallery New York
Limbo Lounge New York
1983 Josef Gallery New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2000’s
2009 “Gone to the Dogs”, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
“Memoirs from Suburbia”, Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN
“Reconfigured and Relocated”, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
“My Long Island”, Islip Museum of Art, Islip, NY
“Parsons Pink Slips”, George Adams Gallery, New York, NY
“+ 2, Sloan Fine Art”, New York, NY
“SPCTCLR VWS”, One Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY, Curated by Mary Mihelic
“Partisan”, Artropolis, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, Curated by Mary Jane Jacob, SAIC
“Old School”, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
2008 “Chroma”, Adelphi University Gallery, Garden City, NY
“Conventions and Attitudes”, CUNY Graduate Center, NY
“Summer Salon”, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY
“Dangerous Women”, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
“HEADSetera”, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
“Partisan”, Artropolis, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
“Indifference and Apocrypha”, FUEL Collection, Philadelphia, PA
2007 “Right to Print”, Segura Publishing, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Peter Drake & Kim Keever, “Surrealist Visions”, Samuel Chen Fine Arts Center, CCSU, New Britain, CT
“Wet”, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
“Other”, Peter Drake and Riyas Komu, Aicon Gallery, London, England
“Normal”, Organized by Peter Drake, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 “Contemporary Imaginings: The Howard & Judith Tullman Collection”, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
“Conversations”, Curated by Sharon Louden, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL
“I Love the Burbs”, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
“What I did on My Summer Vacation”, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY
“Confluence 2006”, Gallery ArtsIndia, New York, NY
“20th Anniversary Exhibition”, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Blanco & Negro”, District & Co., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
“Salon 2006”, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2005 “Visitors From the East”, Billy Shire Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
“Group Show”, District & Co., Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana
“Future Perfect”, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York
“Furs, Feathers and Family”, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
“Animal Tales”, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
“The Other Mainstream – Collection of Mikki & Stanley Weithorn” , ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
“Group Exhibition” Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2004 “Art on the Frontier” Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, FL
“Innocence & Insight” Claire Oliver Gallery, New York
“Where” Dinaburg Fine Arts, New York, NY
“Bullfight” Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale AZ
“Innocence Found” DFN Gallery, New York
“Points of Muse” Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 “People, Places, Things” DFN Gallery, New York
“From the Collection” Greenville County Museum, Greenville, SC
“Segura in Retrospect” New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
“the burbs” DFN Gallery, New York
“Selections” Dinaburg Fine Arts, New York
2002 “Snapshot” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
“25th Anniversary ” The Drawing Center, New York
“Surface” Terrence Rogers Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“3M” Fish Tank Gallery, New York
“Spring Selections” Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale AZ
2001 “Take Heart” MPI, New York
“Italianate” Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale AZ
2000 “Imagined Landscapes: Dream” Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA
“Anniversary Exhibition” Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale AZ

1990’s
1999 “New American Landscapes” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
“Ex-capillary” Alan Sheppard Gallery, New York
1998 “Small Works – The Sequel” Susan Cummins Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“The Liars (III) Frightful Paint” Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
1997 “Gallery Group Exhibition” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
1996 “Screen Memories” K&E Gallery, New York
“Myth & Magic” California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA
“Anniversary Exhibition” Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale AZ
1995 “Bodies Terrestrial” Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University
“New Paintings” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
“Gallery Group Exhibition” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
“Elementum” Mary Ryan Gallery, New York
“Drawings” K&E Gallery, New York
“New York Noir” Allez les Filles Gallery, Columbus, OH
1994 “The Seer” OHara Gallery, New York
“Suite” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
“Fallen Idylls” I.F.A.E., Art Miami, FL
“Group Exhibition” Mary Ryan Gallery, New York
“Three From New York” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
1993 “M aidez/May Day” Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York
“Twilight Intervals” Pat Shea Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Suite” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
“Paper Trail: The Eidetic Image” Krannert Art Museum, Univ. of Illinois
“Gallery Group Exhibition” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
1992 “John Bowman & Peter Drake” Shea & Bornstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Paper Houses” David Beitzel Gallery, New York
“28th Annual Art on Paper” Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Univ. of NC
“Gallery Group Exhibition” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
“Works on Paper” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
“People” The Gallery Three Zero, New York
1991 “A Horse of a Different Color” Scottsdale Cultural Council, Scottsdale, AZ
“Water” Trenkmann Gallery, New York
1990 “Provacative Images” Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
“The New School Collects: Recent Acquisitions” Parsons School of Design, NY
“The Art of Drawing” Lehman College Art Gallery, New York
“Group Show” Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
“Group Show” Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, New York
“Group Show” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1980’s
1989 “Invitational” Sozialdienst Katholische Frauen, Stolberg, Germany
“Group Show” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
“Group Show” Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
1988 “New Figurative Drawing” Midtown Gallery, New York
“Works on Paper” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
“Group Show” Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
1987 “Black & White: Visual Sonatas, Aion Fine Art, Dallas, TX
“Recent Figurative Prints” Associated American Artists, New York
“Succinctly Stated” Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, California
“Monotypes II” Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York
“Avant Garde In The 80s” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CA
“Made in New York” Gianfranco Zani Gallery, Turino, Italy
“Group Show” Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“On Paper” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
“Group Show” Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
1986 “Art on Paper” Weatherspoon Art Gallery, UNC Greensboro, NC
“Romanticism & Cynicism in Contemporary Art, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
“First Impressions” Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York
“Ten From The Drawing Center” Paine Weber Art Gallery, New York
“Senza Paura” Wessel OConnor Gallery, Rome, Italy
“Inaugural Exhibition” Curt Marcus Gallery , New York
“Notes From the Underground” Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York
“57th Between A & D” Holly Solomon Gallery, New York
“EL Arte Narrativo” PS 1, Long Island University, New York
“Alumni Exhibiton” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
“New Art” Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“New York/Seattle” Seattle Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
“Outline, Cutout, Silhouette” Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York
“Avenue C By The Sea” Tower Gallery, East Hampton, New York
“East Village Collection” Palladium, New York
“Summer Pleasures” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1985 “New York’s Finest” Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“A Brave New World, A New Generation” Charlottenburg Exhibition Hall Copenhagen, Denmark
“Blue Conditon” Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
“The Discovery of America” Wessel OConnor Gallery, Rome, Italy
“Psycho-Pueblo” Galeria Fernando Vijande, Madrid, Spain
“The Figure, An Interpretive Study” Tower Gallery, New York
“R.E.M.” Lamagna Gallery, New York
“The Best & Thr Brightest From the East Village & Soho
” Moosart Gallery, Miami, FL
1984 “Invitational Group Exhibition” Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York
“New Work” Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“New York Images / New Directions” The University Art Gallery, SUNY, Albany, New York
“East VIillage Art in Berlin” Zellermayer Galerie, Berlin, Germany
“American Drawings From Neo-Classicism To The Avant Garde” Morris Museum, Morris, New Jersey
“Nueva Pintura Narrative” Museo Tamayo, MexicoCity, Mexico
“Rediscovering Romanticism in New York” New Math Gallery, New York
“Neo York” Barbara Art Gallery,UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
“Artitude” Limbo Lounge, New York
“Fragments” A & P Gallery, New York
1983 “SEX!” Sharpe Gallery, New York
“Overload” Alternative Museum, New York
1982 “Selections Show” Drawing Center, New York
“Selections Show” Artist Space, New York
“Thirteen on Paper” Center for Art and Performance, Houston, TX
1981 “Invitational Print Show” UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
“Heart Art Show” Forty Walls Gallery, Houston, TX
“Landscape Installment” 3221 Milan, Houston, TX
“Insiders/Ousiders” Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO

CURATED EXHIBITIONS
2007
Normal, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006
Uprising, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Space, New York, NY
2005
Primed, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2003

the burbs, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Space Invaders, FishTank Gallery, New York, NY

1985- 1989
The Drawing Center, New York, NY, Artist Curator