Peter Waite’s large-scale paintings concern places that embody public sentiment or ideological concerns. Empty architectural monuments provide the reoccurring theme of personal and social memory. His art invites the viewer to examine how well one knows one’s own habits of looking, of remembering, and of being certain. The work of Peter Waite is included in several prestigious public collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
About Peter Waite
“I make paintings that document my travels—real visits to real places—to sites that embody public sentiment or ideological concerns,” Peter Waite has explained. Exploring overlooked architectural spaces in cities worldwide, Waite creates precisely rendered, evocative paintings based on his travels. He works primarily at large-scale and in acrylic on panel and has painted museum galleries, escalators, colonnaded passageways, and disused swimming pools at places both iconic and ordinary. Sometimes he interrupts these images with thin, fluorescent lines; other times he primes his panels with neon-colored coatings of paint, which lend a subtle glow to his compositions. Especially interested in how such places reflect the ideals of the societies for which they were built, Waite omits human figures from his depictions. In doing so, he encourages viewers to focus on the structural details of the sites and to consider the myriad ways one might experience them.
American, b. 1950, North Adams, Massachusetts