In Peter Lyons’s paintings, an otherworldly light reveals a moment of harmony among the natural, human, and transcendent orders of being. “Bathed in this elevating light,” says Lyons, “the beauty of the ordinary is released, and the image acts as a lens focusing awareness of wonder, joy, and spiritual anticipation in the viewer.”
Lyons’s technique approaches photographic realism, but surreal elements suggest that the meticulous representations are a means to bring the viewer to a moment of awareness which transcends the reality of the senses.
In significant respects, Lyons’s paintings resemble and have the power of mid-19th-century Luminist paintings: beauty is immanent, serenity is palpable, and spiritual fulfillment is imminent. And in other respects, they are unabashedly 21st-century paintings, taking pleasure and finding wonder in color, form, and abstraction.
60-page catalog of Peter Lyons’s paintings, including commentary and an artist’s statement, published in 2015 (PDF 1.3MB)
Current and Future Events
Facing Five Years
January 17, 2019 – March 3, 2019
A program of exhibitions and events revisiting Trident Gallery’s first half-decade years and assaying the next.
SCOPE New York 2019
March 7, 2019 – March 10, 2019
Trident Gallery will be showing and other gallery artists at the SCOPE New York art fair, March 7–10, 2019.
Past Exhibitions with Trident Gallery
Peter Lyons: On-Ramp
June 9, 2018 – July 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, 2018 – March 25, 2018
An exhibition of new, unseen, and selected works of art by represented artists.
A Time for Blue
January 20, 2017 – March 26, 2017
A themed exhibition of art selected by Director Matthew Swift.
The Deep Sea Has its Stars
September 3, 2016 – September 5, 2016
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, 2016 – May 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.
Beyond Real: Contemporary Landscapes
August 15, 2015 – September 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.