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PETER HARRIS "Night Watch" - New Paintings
On Saturday, February 21st, Mira Godard Gallery is pleased to open an exhibition of new paintings by PETER HARRIS. Artist present.
"My recent paintings focus on the defining elements of a contemporary urban landscape that surround us all as city dwellers. I've chosen to paint these ubiquitous subjects at night, using the darkness like a stage curtain, creating spaces that highlight my subjects with almost reverential illumination while isolating them from the background. The objects of the urban landscape, the restaurants, gas stations, municipal buildings, streetcars, buses and parking lots that take centre stage in my paintings form a distilled and concentrated version of urbanity. The world I paint is cleaned up and pared down, a small oasis of solitude and order to contrast the realities of daily life in the city."
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.