Peter Drake is a painter whose work is monumental, playful and uncanny.
Whether depicting moments of everyday life or miniature toys, Drake thinks of his paintings as Giotto meets Vermeer on the way to David Lynch's house
His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, China and Europe. He actively curates, lectures, and has 27 solo exhibitions to date. 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 a Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program Grant. Drake’s Waiting for Toydot, a MTA Arts & Design 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 daily.
Drake is the Provost at the New York Academy of Art, a progressive figurative and representational graduate program in lower Manhattan and he continues to be a MFA Thesis Advisor having taught at Parsons the New School for Design, SVA, and MICA.
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.