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Peter Loftus Works Biography

Artists Statement:

It is the light that invigorates and compels me to paint. I sometimes wonder if light and atmosphere are more vital to our sense of place than the physical character of the land. Conditions of light engender a scene with wholly different color ranges which, in turn, strike different emotional chords, evoking a variety of moods. Faithfully representing the light is at the heart of my paintings.

I love the paradox of making an illusion that looks almost photographic from a distance, but dissolves into mysterious paint surfaces upon close inspection. Seen up close, the surface of my big paintings reveals a final product made up of multiple layers of color that still show through in places. This can offer insights to the decision making process my picture making entails. I juxtapose transparent, translucent, and opaque passages to enhance this effect.

In recent years, my work has taken on a completely unintended historical aspect. Because I paint real places, I make pictures of things that are subject to change, and are not likely to look as they did for long. I’m reminded of a line from a song by Jesse Winchester: “Now while they’re asking me how things are, soon they’ll ask me how things were.”

CURRICULUM:

Born 1948 Washington, DC

Education:

1971 BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

1974 MFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2009 “Serendipity” Michael Angelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

“California Landscapes” 50 California St, San Francisco,CA

2007 “Feather River Country:Recent California Landscapes” Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2005 “Images of the Central Coast” Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA

“Sierra Nevada to Mendocino” Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2003 “Mendocino to Monterey” Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2002 “Recent Landscapes”Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000 Fischbach Gallery, New York ,NY

1999 Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1998 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1997 Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1994 “Close to Heart, Close to Home: Paintings of Santa Cruz County 1975-94”,

The Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1992 Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Ella Gray Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

1991 Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA

Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey,CA

1990 Fischbach Gallery, New York,NY

1988 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1986 William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA (also 1984,1981,1980)

Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1984 Hull Gallery, Washington, DC

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1983 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1982 Fischbach Gallery,New York, NY

1981 Redding Museum, Redding, CA

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco,CA

1980 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2010 “Art in Embassies”,United States Embassy Bagdad,Iraq

“Just Add Water”, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, CA

“Landscapes:New Works”,Robert Allen Fine Art,Sausalito,CA

“The Lands Of The Landtrust”, ThePajaro Valley Arts Coucil & Gallery, Watsonville, CA

“Plein Air Affaire 2010” The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz,CA

2009 “At The Water’s Edge” I Wolk Gallery, St Helena, CA

“Plein Air Affaire 2009” The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

2008-09 “On Beauty” The Gallery at Cliff Lede Vinyards,Yountville,CA

2008 “Landscape Perspectives” 555 California Street(Courtesy of Hackett-Freedman Gallery)

“Plein Air Affaire 2008” The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz,CA

2007 “Landscapes:Rural and Urban Realities” Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA

“Plein Air Affaire 2007” The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

“Now See This” Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2006 “The Chelsea Classic” Fischbach Gallery, NY

“Intimate Landscape” Winfield Gallery, Carmel,CA & Sesnon Art Gallery, UCSC

“Plein Air Affaire 2006” The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

2004 “Gone Fisching: Paintings of Summer” Fischbach Gallery, NY

2003 6 Realists, General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT

“Facing Reality: The Seavest Collection of Contemporary Realism,”

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

2002 “Visions: Northern California,” Bank of America Plaza, San Francisco, CA

“H20 02,” Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2001 “Re-presenting Representation V,” Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

2000 “Hackett-Freedman Gallery Artists,” Shasta College Art Gallery, Redding, CA

1997 “10th Anniversary Exhibition,” Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 “Contemporary American Realists,” Halls Crown Center, Kansas City, MO

1995 “Realism ’95: Vision and Poetry,” Hetcher Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“Palette of Light, “The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, CA

“Plein Air Painters,” Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

“Picture This: The Monterey Bay Region as Pictured by Scientists,

Artists and Writers,” The History Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CA

1994 “New Bay Area Painting,” Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Contemporary Realists,” The Gallery, Halls Crown Center, Kansas City, MO

“Fascination with Trains,” Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA

1993 “Tribute,” William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Contemporary Realism, Central and Northern California Landscapes,”

Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

“The Artist as Native: Reinventing Regionalism,” Babcock Galleries,

New York, NY (traveling)

“Vanishing Point: A Look at Contemporary Landscape Painting,

“Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA ” Bay Area Painting,” Contemporary Realist Gallery,

San Francisco, CA

1992 “A Day in the Country, California Landscape Painting,” I Wolk Gallery, St Helena, CA

1991 “New Horizons in American Realism,” Hint Institute of Arts, Hint, MI (traveling)

1989 “Landscapes from the William Sawyer Gallery,” The Art Corridor, Menlo Park, CA

1989 “Plein Air Painting,” Santa Cruz Art League, CA

1988 “Images of the Land,” William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Works on Paper,”

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“The Face of the Land,” Southern Allegheny Museum of Art, Loretto, P A

“The Subject is Water,” Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

1987 “Art and the Law,” West Publishing Company, Eagan, MN (traveling 1987-88)

1987 “Gallery Artists,” Fischbach Gallery, New York

“Sandy Beaches, Rocky Shores,” Monterey Bay Aquarium Art Gallery, Monterey, CA

“Landscapes,”Pajaro Valley Gallery, Watsonville, CA

1986 “The Painterly Landscape,” Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD

“Plein Air: An Exhibition of Landscape Paintings and Drawings,” Bank of Boston, MA

1985 “American Realism: Twentieth Century Drawings and Watercolors,”

San Francisco Museum of Modem Art, San Francisco, CA (traveling 1985-87)

 

Selected Publications:

1984 Kaplan, Freddy. “A Portfolio of Regional Landscapes,” American Artist (February) p.63.

1985 “Contemporary American Realism,” Columbus Museum of Art and Sciences, Columbus, GA

“American Realism,” William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“The Realist Landscape,” Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark,NJ

1986 Martin, Alvin. American Realism: 20th Century Drawings and Watercolors from the

Glenn C. Janss Collection (San Francisco and New York: San Francisco Museum of Modem

Art and Harry N. Abrams), pp., 143,218; illustration, p. 58.

1987 Art and the Law, catalogue. (Eagan, MN: West Publishing Company), color repro., p.77. 1989 Greenwood, Douglas McCreary. Art in Embassies, catalogue.

1991 Young, Christopher. New Horizons in American Realism, catalogue.

(Flint, MI: Flint Institute of Arts).

1993 Tanner, Marcia. “Contemporary Landscapes Bask in Local Gallery Spotlight,”

San Francisco Chronicle, May 12, p. 8.

1993 Gussow, Alan. The Artist as Native: Reinventing Regionalism

(Rohnert Park, CA: Pomegranate Art Books), pp. 102, 118; illustration p. 10

1998 Driscoll, John, and Armold Skolnick. The Artist and the American Landscape

(San Francisco: First Glance Books).

1999 “Chasing the Light,” by Dorothy Burkhart, in Peter Loftus (exh. cat.)

(San Francisco: Hackett-Freedman Gallery)

1999 Difei, Jia (essay) and Scott Wampler (editor). Contemporary American Oil Painting.

Changchun, China: Jilin Fine Arts Publishing House, 1999.

2000 Robert McDonald. “The Landscape Paintings of Willard Dixon and Peter Loftus,

” Point to Point, Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA.

2003 Ken Johnson, Review The New York Times, February 21, 2003

2004 Willard, Christopher. “Capturing a Distinct Light,” American Artist (Feature article & cover.)

(August) pgs. 50-55

2008 Bamsey,Ben. “Peter Loftus”, Artworks (Feature Article) (Fall Issue) pgs.86-93

2010 Art in Embassies Bagdad,Iraq,catalogue.(U.S. Department of State,Washington, D.C. )

Featured cover and article pp.13,14

Selected Public and Corporate Collections:

Allied Bank, Austin, TX

Amerada Hess, New York

AT&T, New York

Art in Embassies, United States Department of State,Holland

Atlantic Mutual Insurance, Madison, NJ

Bank of America, San Francisco, CA

Bank of New York, New York

Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco, CA

Bes Investimento, Lisboa, Portugal

Bell Atlantic, New York

Century Aluminum Corporation, Pacific Grove, CA

Champion International Paper Corporation, New York

Chemical Bank, New York

CIGNA Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Commerce Bancshares, Kansas City, MO

Coopers and Lybrand, Houston, TX

Crocker National Bank, San Francisco, CA

Davidson and Maltz, New York

Davis/Leclair, Dallas, TX

Deloitte Haskins and Sells, New York

Dysan Corporation, Santa Clara, CA

Ernst and Winney, New York

Erskine Johns Company, Los Angeles,CA

Exxon Corporation, Irving, TX

First Boston, San Francisco, CA

First International Bank, Houston, TX

Fish and Neave, New York

General Electric Corporation, Fairfield, CT

GE Capital Corporation, Stamford, CT

Haynes and Boone, Dallas, TX

Hewlett-Packard. San Diego, CA

H.J. Heinz Company, Pittsburgh, PA

Hopkins, Mitchell and Carley, San Francisco, CA

Hughes Aircraft Company, Los Angeles, CA

Hughes Tool Company, Houston, TX

Hunter Museum, Chatanooga, TN

Integrated Resources, New York

Glen C. Janss Collection, Sun Valley, ID

Knight Ridder, San Jose,CA

The Kislak Organization, Miami, FL

Locke, Purnell, Rain and Harrel, Dallas, TX

Massachusetts Financial Services, Boston, MA

Merck and Company, New Jersey

Midlantic National Bank, New Jersey

3M, St. Paul, MN

Mitsui and Company, San Francisco, CA

NACCO Industries, Inc., Ohio

National Steel Company, Houston, TX

NEC of America Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock, Virginia,

Nomura Security International, New York

Norton and Company, New York

Oppenheimer Corporation, New York

Pacific Gas and Electric, San Francisco, CA

Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, San Francisco, CA

Plantronics, Santa Cruz, CA

Principle Financial Group, California

Robinson Humphrey/American Express, Atlanta, GA

Russell Reynolds, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Salomon Brothers, New York

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Santa Crtuz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz,CA

Collection of the Saudi Royal Family, Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge, Washington DC

Southwestern Bell Corporation, St. Louis, MO

Tyco International, Bermuda

  1. S. Insurance Group, Morristown, NJ
  2. S. 1., Greenwich, CT

Victoria Bank and Trust, Victoria, TX

Vinson and Elkins, Austin, TX

Wellington Management Company, Boston, MA

Wells Fargo Bank, Los Angeles, CA and Midland, TX

Young Cook Pfeifer and Hampton, Houston, TX

 

Selected Private Collections

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Carroll, New York

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Cohen, New York

Mr. Gray Douglas, California

Mr. and Mrs. George Field, California

Mrs. Henry Guild, Massachusetts

Mrs. William Janss, Idaho

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Lee, Massachusetts

Dr. Satish Modiu, New Jersey

Mr. George Perutz, Texas

Mr. and Mrs. A. Resnick, New York

Mr. and Mrs. Luis Riccardi, Portugal

Mrs. John D Rockefeller III, New York

Mr. Robert Rosen, New York

Mr. James Samuels, Texas

Mr. and Mrs. W. Nicholas Thorndike, Massachusetts

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wilkie, Michigan

Mr. and Mrs. Sean White, New York

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennedy, California

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Owen,California

Mr. and Mrs. David Madsen, California.