Peter Adams was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has lived most of his life in Toronto. Adams has a degree in Film Studies from Queen’s University but now directs all his creative energy toward painting. Since moving to a farm near Creemore in 1998, he has spent many years exploring the surrounding landscape — and the ever-changing human relationship with landscape. He is especially interested in the realm in which human and natural worlds meet – both in harmony and in opposition.
Adams’ recent series, Earth Scars, investigates some of the largest holes in the earth. These paintings act as reflecting pools for a discourse on the sustainability of resource extraction, asking the viewer to ponder which are the vital resources and at what cost are they extracted. The Red River Shore Series and, more recently, the Floodplain Series further explore our relationship to natural landscapes – with the benefit of aerial perspective and satellite imagery.
An oil painter for 25 years, Adams’ most recent work is marked by a transition to mixed media. Combining conte, acrylic washes, paint markers, oil sticks and oil paint, these works have opened up many new expressive possibilities for the artist. Adams’ work is exhibited in many galleries in Ontario, and can be found in many private and public collections in North America and abroad.