Peter spent most of his early childhood abroad. He spent 2 years in Oxford, England, his country of birth, and five and half years in Kampala, Uganda where his father was a medical doctor. He then grew up in a family of eight in St. John's, Newfoundland where he became an elementary Phys. Ed. teacher. He taught in Swaziland, Southern Africa and Ogoki, Northern Ontario in an Ojibwa community before teaching full time in Newfoundland.
Peter was exposed to painting as a young adult and became known for doing large 15ft by 25ft backdrops at school concerts. He is an expressionist/pleinairist; one who paints outside. He most often works large scale with pallet knife, brush and oils. The love for his home can be seen in his work.
Peter is one of the best long distance runners to come out of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has now redirected the same passion, focus and energy from his training as a runner into his paintings.
"As a 'plein-air' Artist I am drawn to powerful composition and color.
The Impressionists and Post impressionists especially Pissarro, Monet and Vincent Van Gogh have strongly influenced my painting; and I have followed their story to Paris, Saint-Rèmy and Arles.
Canadian Artists such as Tom Thomson and A.Y. Jackson have captivated me with their painterly ways.
Newfoundland is my home, and where my heart is. My family roots are Irish and French (Murphys from Killkenny, and Lewises from the Channel Islands) going back to the late 1700's."
- Peter Lewis
The Peter Lewis Gallery is located in the heart of downtown St. John's, in one of the city's beautiful Heritage Homes. It opened it's doors on July 27th, 2009. Peter Lewis is a well known runner, local teacher, and artist reflecting a life which is as colourful as his paintings. Come in and experience Peter's original oils and charcoals depicting the landscapes of Newfoundland, Arizona, Ireland, Italy and more. The gallery also features the works of many Artists easily viewed in the Visiting Artists section of this web site.
Hours of operation:
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 to 5:30
Please contact Curator Maria White at 709-722-6009 for more information.