Peter Harris’ works on paper and canvas have a very ‘80s feel.
The vibrating palette of Elizabeth Murray quickly comes to mind. But so does Frank Stella of the same era. Maybe even a little Charles Arnoldi thrown in there. But that’s just Harris’ color.
The mark is a different story. I’m going to go out on a limb here… Harris’ line is really connected to Chuck Jones. Yup, that animated billow of crayon or pastel that Harris lays down, to me, feels related to the nebula of dust left in the wake of the Roadrunner. Or the tiny poof when the Coyote finally hits the canyon floor. Or, quite possibly, the gyrations of the Tasmanian Devil.
Action painting indeed.
recent exhibition history
Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD// Richmond Mayor’s Suite Richmond 2017
Curious Weave // organized by Ramekon O’Arwisters NIAD Art Center 2016
Abstract Preferences // organized by Anthony Pinata NIAD Art Center 2016
Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD// Richmond Mayor’s Suite Richmond 2016
Peter Harris // Yali’s Cafe Berkeley, California 2015
We Can Do It! // Hurwich Library, Alliant University San Francisco 2015
Assemble: A NIAD Art Center Project With Nina Zurier // organized by Nina Zurier NIAD Art Center 2015
Ebony + Ivory // organized by Katie Johnson NIAD Art Center 2014
Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013
Championship Vinyl // NIAD Art Center 2013
A Light That Never Goes Out: Continuing Traditions In Abstraction // NIAD Art Center 2013
Breaking Barriers // organized by Patricia Watts Marin Community Foundation, Novato California 2013
San Francisco Arts Quarterly: The Art Circus Comes To Town (2013, May)