Artist Talk and Live Drawing Demonstration
This event is free and open to the public.
Peter Drake’s art has been described as monumental, playful, and uncanny. Whether depicting moments of everyday life or miniature toys, working in full technicolor or through a process of subtraction (sanding away at the surface), Drake considers his paintings to be “a meeting of Giotto and Vermeer, on the way to David Lynch’s house.”
Drake’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, China, and Europe. His paintings are held in private, corporate, and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Phoenix Museum of Art, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Weatherspoon Art Museum in North Carolina, as well as at Microsoft, Kirkland and Ellis, and the Progressive Collection, among many others. Drake has received a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a New York Foundation Fellowship, and a Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program Grant, among numerous other national awards and honors. Drake’s Waiting for Toydot, a permanent public art commission for the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Massapequa Station, opened to the public in 2015 and is seen by over 6,000 commuters a day.
Currently, Drake serves as Provost at the New York Academy of Art, a progressive figurative and representational graduate program in lower Manhattan. Having taught previously at Parsons School for Design, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Drake also continues as a MFA Thesis Advisor. Drake maintains a studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn as part of the Two Trees Cultural Space Program, and is represented by Linda Warren Projects, Chicago / Los Angeles and Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas.
This artist talk is made possible by the generous support of the Robert Lehman Foundation.
Guests will be required to show proof of vaccination. The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has removed the mask mandate for students, staff, faculty, models, and visitors inside of our buildings.
The health and safety of our guests are of the utmost importance. We are regularly monitoring the guidelines of the CDC and will adjust our policies accordingly.