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Peter Waite’s large-scale paintings consider places that embody public sentiment or ideological concerns. Empty architectural monuments and spaces provide the recurring theme of personal and social memory. His paintings therefore invite the viewer to examine how well we know our own habit of looking, remembering and being certain.
Waite’s multi-panel works are installed directly onto the wall via numerous small nails, giving each painting a site-specific, muralistic-type quality. The locations he paints are often ones that viewers can easily identify, triggering personal memories of public space. The spaces are empty but there is a sense that people have just left or will soon arrive. With this latent energy, Waite’s work depicts not only architecture but also the feeling of being present within it.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
The work of Peter Waite is included in several prestigious public collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Palm Springs Desert Museum. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants from national organizations, including the Guggenheim Fellowship Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
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