(b. 1980) in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts

Lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana


While unified in simplicity of delivery, Peter Shear's paintings range widely across imagery and manner of execution. The result is a body of work which Shear, borrowing from the languages of abstraction, has evolved into a shorthand vocabulary at once personal and familiar, slangy and poetic.


Born 1980 Beverly Farms, Massachusetts

Lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana



2021: Forthcoming: Recodring, Fortnight Institute, NY

2021: Empty Boat, KOKI Arts, Tokyo, Japan

2019: Time Stamp, Herron School of Art + Design, Indiana University

2017:  Magnolias All At Once, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

2017:  Editions of You, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL

2017: Opportunity Cost, A\M Projects, Indianapolis, IN

2016: Family Resemblance, ATM, Austin, TX



2021: Forthcoming: A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art, New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA

2021: Downtown, curated by Sam Gordon, La MaMa Galleria, New York, NY

2020: Maelstom, curated by Fortnight Institute, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2020: Zwag Curated by Kylie Manning, CG Boerner, New York, NY

2019: Adrian, George, Peter, Sofia e Tamina, P420 Galleria, Bologna, Italy

2018:  Locus Focus: Peter Shear and Arvind Sundararajan, curated by Emil Robinson, 840 Gallery, University of Cincinnati.

2018:  Lonely Planet, curated by Andrew Brischler, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2017:  Say Yes, curated by Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit

2017:  ONLY Small Paintings, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

2016:  Basic Instinct, Peter Shear and Ellen Siebers, FJORD, Philadelphia, PA

2016:  Good Bad Brush: Peter Shear and Matthew Wong, The Occasional Gallery, Burlington, WA

2016:  Katelyn Eichwald and Peter Shear, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

2015:  Peer Review, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College of London, England

2014:  Brute Moderates, Clinton King & Peter Shear, Firework Space, Brooklyn, NY

2013:  The Double Down, curated by Trudy Benson and Jason Stopa, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013:  Reason & Romance, curated by Alain Biltereyst, 6b Gallery, Elingen, Belgium



2019: Mousse Magazine | Sofia Silva | February 2019

2019: Art Viewer | George, Peter, Sofia e Tamina at P420 | February 28, 2019

2018:  FieldTrip, 'A Conversation with Peter Shear', interview with Ryan Kerr,

2018:  Observer, 'The Artists Busting the Myth That Big Paintings Sell Better', Margaret Carrigan

2017:  Magnolias All At Once, published by Fortnight Institute, 2017

2017:  Artdependence, "The beginning of the 21st century is a great time for the world's autodidacts."

2017:  New York Times, Roberta Smith, 2017

2017:  New York Magazine, 'The Art World Needs a Jolt. The Electricity Is Coming From Some

Surprising Places.' by Jerry Saltz.

2017:  Hyperallergic, 'The Homages and Inventions of a Self-Taught Painter' by John Yau, 2017

2017:  Hyperallergic, 'The Studio Visit That Wasn't Exactly a Studio Visit: Dan Devening, Mie Kongo,

2017:  New City Chicago,'What's the Point of Abstraction These Days?' by Alan Pocaro

2017:  'Suspect Poetics' by Brian Leahy, 2017.

2016:  'Peter Shear: Some Thoughts, Open Not Closed' by Chris Ashley.

2013:  Sensitive Skin Magazine #10.