Peter Drake’s paintings and videos have been featured in 26 Solo exhibitions with works in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, Phoenix Museum of Art, MOCA LA, The Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City and the L.A. County Museum of Art.
In 2015 Drake's "Waiting for Toydot" a permanent MTA Arts and Design public art commission for the Long Island Rail Road Massapequa Station opened to the public. In addition to his artistic practice he is the Academic Dean at the New York Academy of Art, a progressive figurative and representational graduate program. Recent curatorial projects include Beautiful Beast a contemporary representational sculpture exhibition Spring 2015 and The Big Picture which featured Vincent Desiderio, Eric Fischl, Neo Rauch, Jenny Saville and Mark Tansey, Spring 2014 at Wilkinson Gallery.
Selected recent exhibitions of note are Disturbing Innocence curated by Eric Fischl at the FLAG Art Foundation, A Family Affair: Selections from the Progressive Art Collection, Paper! at the Phoenix Art Museum and Re-animate at Linda Warren Projects. Press includes Art in America, Art New England, ARTPULSE, Flash Art, Interview Magazine, The New York Times, Art & Antiques, Time Out, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, Art at Eaton Center, The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, New York’s Underground Art Museum: MTA Arts & Design and Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists.
Drake received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts award. He previously served as a curator for The Drawing Center in New York City and wrote for Flash Art Magazine. He was recently appointed as a Member of the Board for the Artist's Fellowship, Inc.
Although predominately a painter, Drake expanded his art into video and animation saying, “ In effect I have always thought of my work cinematically, I set the stage and then fill it with props and actors so with video it feels like I’m still painting, just in time and space.”
Peter Drake lives and works in NYC and is represented by Linda Warren Projects, Chicago.
EXHIBITIONS, LECTURES, PRESS/INTERVIEWS
EPHEMERAL: THE SPIRITS AMONG US curated by Carson Fox
September 29 - November 15
Adelphi University Gallery
TELL THEM STORIES: ORIGINS
Curated by Tun Myaing & Marshall Jones
October 8 - November 1
Mark Miller Gallery
MTA ARTS & DESIGN COMMISSION
"Waiting for Toydot"by Peter Drake
LIRR Massapequa Station
Installation 2014 - 2015
Site-Specific Public Art
LAUNCHING YOUR ART CAREER: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR ARTISTS
Alix Sloan, Author
Part Seven, Peter Drake pg. 117
A Conversation with Peter Drake
No. 20 Vol.6, 2014 pg. 50-54
THE FIGURE: PAINTING, DRAWING, AND SCULPTURE
Skira Rizzoli Publishing
Part II, Present Reflections
Artist Methodology: Peter Drake pg. 138-9
SUMMER GROUP SHOW
June 18 - July 16, 2015
BEAUTIFUL BEAST curated by Peter Drake
January 27 - March 8, 2015
DISTURBING INNOCENCE curated by Eric Fischl
The Flag Foundation, NYC
October 25 - January 31, 2015