Galerie D'Este is temporarily closed - Virtual Exhibition: PETER HARRIS : Exit Bonaventure and other observations
Mar 5 – Mar 29, 2020
Galerie D’Este is pleased to present Peter Harris : Exit Bonaventure and other observations, the gallery’s fourth solo exhibition of works by Ontario based artist Peter Harris in the gallery.
“The paintings in this show form a collection of observations made of the urban landscape in my home town of Toronto, and during visits to Montreal and Madrid. It’s the ordinary places that are part of a daily routine that capture my interest: subway stations, airports, commercial zones, and storefronts. I choose locations that are examples of their local urban environment, and are often unremarkable spaces that many pass through without pause. For that reason I like to explore these spots as potential subjects for my paintings, calling attention to the overlooked. I challenge myself to engage in a slow, deliberate observation of these spaces for both their architectural form and unique details. I study the transformative effect of lighting to the structures, and note how this alters my personal interaction to the site in the moment.
The paintings begin with photos taken during my visits, but are not photo-realist replications. Details are changed, simplified, or amplified. Sometimes new elements are imagined and inserted in to the scene. Through this process, the paintings become more than a documentation of the location, they are the record of observing the urban landscape. These pictorial observations invite the same level of close scrutiny as I made while on site. The act of viewing the painting becomes a reenactment of the process I made examining the location – slowing down, observing, and seeing oneself in relation to the space.”
Peter Harris was born in London, Ontario in 1974, and currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo in 1997. Since then he has exhibited his paintings in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and the United States. He has won several awards for his continuing series of urban inspired landscape paintings, including an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant and a Waterloo Region Arts Fund project grant. His work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.