PETER LOFTUS

BIO

Born 1948 Washington, DC

1971 BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

1974 MFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


ARTIST STATEMENT


It is the light that invigorates and compels me to paint. I sometimes wonder if light and atmosphere are more vital to our sense of place than the physical character of the land. Conditions of light engender a scene with wholly different color ranges which, in turn, strike different emotional chords, evoking a variety of moods. Faithfully representing the light is at the heart of my paintings.

I love the paradox of making an illusion that looks almost photographic from a distance, but dissolves into mysterious paint surfaces upon close inspection. Seen up close, the surface of my big paintings reveals a final product made up of multiple layers of color that still show through in places. This can offer insights to the decision making process my picture making entails. I juxtapose transparent, translucent, and opaque passages to enhance this effect.

In recent years, my work has taken on a completely unintended historical aspect. Because I paint real places, I make pictures of things that are subject to change, and are not likely to look as they did for long. I’m reminded of a line from a song by Jesse Winchester: “Now while they’re asking me how things are, soon they’ll ask me how things were.”


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009 Serendipity, Michael Angelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
California Landscapes, 50 California St, San Francisco, CA
2007 Feather River Country:Recent California Landscapes, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Images of the Central Coast, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
Sierra Nevada to Mendocino, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Mendocino to Monterey, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Recent Landscapes, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996 Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Close to Heart, Close to Home: Paintings of Santa Cruz County 1975-94, The Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ella Gray Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
1991 Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA
1990 Fischbach Gallery, New York,NY
1988 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1986 William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA (also 1984, 1981, 1980)
Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1984 Hull Gallery, Washington, DC
William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1983 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1982 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Redding Museum, Redding, CA
William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1980 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 Art in Embassies, United States Embassy, Bagdad, Iraq
Just Add Water, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
Landscapes: New Works, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito,CA
The Lands Of The Landtrust, ThePajaro Valley Arts Coucil & Gallery, Watsonville, CA
Plein Air Affaire 2010, The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz,CA
2009 At The Water’s Edge, I Wolk Gallery, St Helena, CA
Plein Air Affaire, 2009 The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
2008-09 On Beauty, The Gallery at Cliff Lede Vinyards,Yountville,CA
2008 Landscape Perspectives, 555 California Street(Courtesy of Hackett-Freedman Gallery)
Plein Air Affaire 2008, The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz,CA
2007 Landscapes: Rural and Urban Realities, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Plein Air Affaire 2007, The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
Now See This, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
2006 The Chelsea Classic, Fischbach Gallery, NY
Intimate Landscape, Winfield Gallery, Carmel,CA & Sesnon Art Gallery, UCSC
Plein Air Affaire 2006, The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
2004 Gone Fisching: Paintings of Summer, Fischbach Gallery, NY
2003 6 Realists, General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT
Facing Reality: The Seavest Collection of Contemporary Realism, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2002 Visions: Northern California, Bank of America Plaza, San Francisco, CA
H20 02, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Re-presenting Representation V, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
2000 Hackett-Freedman Gallery Artists, Shasta College Art Gallery, Redding, CA
1997 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996 Contemporary American Realists, Halls Crown Center, Kansas City, MO
1995 Realism ’95: Vision and Poetry, Hetcher Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Palette of Light, The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, CA
Plein Air Painters, Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Picture This: The Monterey Bay Region as Pictured by Scientists, Artists and Writers, The History Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CA
1994 New Bay Area Painting, Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Contemporary Realists, The Gallery, Halls Crown Center, Kansas City, MO
Fascination with Trains, Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA
1993 Tribute, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Contemporary Realism, Central and Northern California Landscapes, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
The Artist as Native: Reinventing Regionalism, Babcock Galleries, New York, NY (traveling)
Vanishing Point: A Look at Contemporary Landscape Painting, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Bay Area Painting, Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992 A Day in the Country, California Landscape Painting, I Wolk Gallery, St Helena, CA
1991 New Horizons in American Realism, Hint Institute of Arts, Hint, MI (traveling)
1989 Landscapes from the William Sawyer Gallery, The Art Corridor, Menlo Park, CA
1989 Plein Air Painting, Santa Cruz Art League, CA
1988 Images of the Land, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Works on Paper, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Face of the Land, Southern Allegheny Museum of Art, Loretto, P A
The Subject is Water, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
1987 Art and the Law, West Publishing Company, Eagan, MN (traveling 1987-88)
1987 Gallery Artists, Fischbach Gallery, New York
Sandy Beaches, Rocky Shores, Monterey Bay Aquarium Art Gallery, Monterey, CA
Landscapes, Pajaro Valley Gallery, Watsonville, CA
1986 The Painterly Landscape, Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Plein Air: An Exhibition of Landscape Paintings and Drawings, Bank of Boston, MA
1985 American Realism: Twentieth Century Drawings and Watercolors, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (traveling 1985-87)