Whether depicting landscapes, miniature toys or scenes of everyday life, Peter Drake is a painter who asks the question “Are we escaping from something or escaping to a better world?”
Working in full technicolor or subtractively (sanding away at the surface), Drake creates illusionistic paintings and works on paper.
He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, China and Europe. He actively curates, lectures, and has 28 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.
Drake is represented by Linda Warren Projects, Chicago / Los Angeles, Healy Contemporaneo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas.