Peter Lyons

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Like the paintings by Fitz Henry Lane and his contemporaries later called Luminists, Peter Lyons’s paintings depict scenes whose otherworldly light evokes or precipitates a moment in which the mind comes into contact with truths beyond the senses and outside time. Beauty is immanent; serenity is palpable; spiritual fulfillment — with all its requisite complexity and awareness of suffering — is imminent.

A few of Lyons’s paintings exemplify the axes of his art and the emotional power of his paintings.

In The Valley, a long irrigation canal arrives from a distant horizon, together with angled twilight and a converging series of poles. The proximate debouching of a second canal, intensely illuminated, the surge and debris suggesting violent power, the glowing rails — this culminating power of the engineered and natural landscape is all aimed precisely at the spot where the viewer stands, and is happening now.

In Yellow Boxcar, childlike joy in color and form elevate and celebrate the elementary sensations of being in the world. In Breakthrough, emblems of the sensory world disappear into that realm beyond real where artists create meaning and beauty.

In American Dream, the vortical harmonies and tensions of the composition enact the spiritual harmonies and tensions among the three strata of human experience: the heavens above, the natural order below, and civilization interposing.

— Matthew Swift

60-page catalog of Peter Lyons’s paintings, including commentary and an artist’s statement (PDF 1.3MB)

Current and Future Events at Trident Gallery
Philadelphia Fine Art Fair
April 4, 2019April 7, 2019
Trident Gallery will be exhibiting at the Philadelphia Fine Art Fair, April 4–7, 2019, Booth 134.
Past Exhibitions at Trident Gallery
SCOPE Miami Beach 2018
December 4, 2018 · 12:00 pmDecember 9, 2018 · 8:00 pm
Trident Gallery will be exhibiting in booth F33 at the SCOPE Miami Beach art fair, December 4–9, 2018. Trident’s booth juxtaposes the bold designs and vivid colors in major works by , , , and , with the monochromatic and muted palettes of ‘s sophisticated, textured mixed-media paintings. Please call the gallery if you are interested in a free pass to the fair. You can also explore SCOPE and the Trident Gallery booth on Artsy.
Boston International Fine Art Show, 2018
October 18, 2018October 21, 2018
Peter Lyons: On-Ramp
June 9, 2018July 8, 2018
An exhibition of new and recent oil paintings by Peter Lyons. The centerpiece is a triumphant scene of Mount Yōtei in Hokkaidō, Japan, which pays homage to the unities within Japanese art and culture of religious and secular life, of representation and abstraction, and of the natural and the stylized.
In With The New
January 26, 2018March 25, 2018
An exhibition of new, unseen, and selected works of art by represented artists.
Boston International Fine Art Show, 2017
October 19, 2017October 22, 2017
Trident Gallery showed work by Peter Lyons, Winston Boyer, and Zygmund Jankowski in Booth 17 at the 2017 Boston International Fine Art Show.
A Time for Blue
January 20, 2017March 26, 2017
A themed exhibition of art selected by Director Matthew Swift.
The Deep Sea Has its Stars
September 3, 2016September 5, 2016
Gloucester·Center is a joint project of Ocean Alliance and Trident Gallery to foster creative interchange among artists, scientists, and the public through programs at the iconic Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory, a place at the center of Gloucester Harbor and of Gloucester's history of excellence in the arts and sciences.
Peter Lyons: American Spring
April 30, 2016May 30, 2016
An exhibition of fifteen landscape paintings in oil by Peter Lyons. Six large paintings in the exhibition are major works, representing the artist at the height of his creative power and focused vision.
Boston International Fine Art Show, 2015
October 22, 2015October 25, 2015
Trident Gallery showed six paintings by Peter Lyons at the 2015 Boston International Fine Art Show.
Beyond Real: Contemporary Landscapes
August 15, 2015September 13, 2015
A group exhibition offering more than fifty paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works in the genre of landscape, chosen to represent a diversity of artistic approaches.