Peter Drake, is an artist who has shown consistently for 30 years and whose work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. His works are included in the collections of The Whitney Museum, The Phoenix Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., The Achenbach Collection and the L.A. County Art Museum among others.
Articles and reviews of Peter Drake’s work have appeared in Art in America, Art New England, Flash Art, Interview Magazine, The New York Times, Art & Antiques, Time Out, and ARTnews.
Although predominately a painter, Drake recently has expanded his art into video and animation saying, “ In effect I have always thought of my work cinematically, I set the stage and then fill it with props and actors so with video it feels like I’m still painting, just in time and space.”
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Peter Drake lives and works in Manhattan.
Tethered to My World Contemporary Figure Painting:Location, Chicago
TAC / The Highland Park Art Center Arranged by Phyllis Bramson September 3 – October 1 Opening: Sept. 11, 6-p pm http://www.theartcenterhp.org Remnants
Fuse Gallery Curated by Michelle Doll & Lisa Lebofsky June 23rd – July 3rd Opening: June 23rd, 7-10 pm http://www.fusegallerynyc.com First Growth First Green Gallery *One-night Only Benefit June 25 @ 6pm 35 East 1st Street email@example.com Conceptually Sound
spctclr vws Opens May 15, 7-10pm One Brooklyn Bridge Park @ 360 Furman Street May 16 - June 7, 2009 Sat-Sun 12-6
ARTnews May 2009 Review
Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago
My recent 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, Saracens, Mamaluks and Ottoman Turks. I was struck by how often children’s toys have been used to depict another culture as enemy combatants, that even in child’s play the other could take on a menacing and evil aspect. What was the logic for creating this terrain? Tens of thousands of children playing with tens of thousands of toys, training for who knows what?
This past summer I began the process of teaching myself the basics of After Effects software so I could animate my paintings. In effect I have always thought of my work cinematically, I set the stage and then fill it with props and actors. In the past the challenge was always to find the one frame that completely embodied the narrative. In the video animations I’m working with tens of thousands of frames. Strangely it feels like I’m still painting, just in time and space.
With combinations of stop motion, live action and digital effects I bring the toys to life. By placing the figures in settings that are both familiar and unexpected I hope to highlight some of the consequences of the history of conflict epitomized by these lead toys. Severed heads roll across barren stages, mutant horsemen gallop in slow motion down Manhattan streets, political buzzwords dribble out of flaccid guns. This is not a critique of any one conflict but rather a reflection of a military adventurism that has marked the history of the world.