Between Here and There, 1992
oil on canvas, 48" × 66"
Peter Beckett was born in Oakville, Ontario. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Art at McMaster University and attended the Rhode Island School of Design for film, cinema and video studies. He is the owner and director of Beckett/Left Side Gallery in Flesherton, Ontario where he exhibits his work. He has also exhibited at the Meaford Hall Art Gallery, Chancery Art Gallery, the L.E. Shore Memorial Gallery and the Rolls-Royce Showroom in Toronto. He prefers abstract painting en plein air, capturing the outdoor landscapes reminiscent of his childhood in the countryside. His paintings are characterized by their wide brushstrokes and exaggerated drips of paint, ranging from monochromatic to bold colours. His large canvasses are filled with movement, shape and color which reflect the intimate details of nature.
“I see nature with its fabulous structures and infinite complexity as a source of my sense of visual order. The paintings reflect something of nature’s own diversity in their colour, shapes and textures. However, there is an attempt to create more than a visual record; to include such things as the smell of the woods or the sound of the rain.”