55 Washington Street, 254
Peter Drake is a painter whose work sheds light on small strange moments. Magazines, movies, toys and art history are some of the raw elements of his paintings. Working in full technicolor or subtractively (sanding away at the surface) in black and white Drake thinks of his paintings as Giotto meets Vermeer on the way to David Lynch's house.
Drake actively curates, lectures, and has 27 solo exhibitions to date as a visual artist. His work is held in private, corporate and public collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, Phoenix Museum of Art, MOCA LA, Weatherspoon Art Museum, L.A. County Museum, Microsoft, Kirkland and Ellis and the Progressive Collection among others. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a New York Foundation Fellowship and is a two-time recipient of the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program Grant for 2016-18 and 2019-21. His Waiting for Toydot, a MTA Arts & Design permanent public art commission for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Massapequa Station opened to the public in 2015 and is seen by over 6,000 commuters daily.
Drake is the Provost at the New York Academy of Art, a progressive figurative and representational graduate program located in Tribeca. Drake is represented by Linda Warren Projects, Chicago and Los Angeles.