(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. 


"Early on, I thought of Shear as a self-taught painter who is single-mindedly working his way through the history of abstract painting, from the gestural to the geometric, and from thick, luscious strokes to dry markers and thinned-down surfaces. What is remarkable about this undertaking is that I never feel that Shear is derivative: each painting has something going for it.  They are the work of an artist who can make them where he lives, which is to say he does not seem to need a huge studio, assistants, or a fabricator standing by. He has rejected grandiosity and that false equivalence between masculinity and post-easel painting. I am not even sure he needs an easel. Shear’s fiercely modest paintings are mysterious and refreshing. They are beautiful manifestations of the meeting of eye, hand, memory, and imagination." - John Yau






Born 1980 Beverly Farms, Massachusetts

Lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana



2023: Peter Shear, Efremidis, Berlin, Germany

2023: Following Sea, Cheim & Read, NY

2022: The Cat Came Back, Castle, Los Angeles

2021: Recording, 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



2023: The Feminine in Abstract Paintingcurated by Andrea Belag & Jennifer Samet, 

The Pat Passlof and Milton Resnick Foundation, New York, NY

2023: Real Life, Ilse D'Hollander in dialogueCurated by Wells Fray-Smith, Galerie Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium

2023: The Sense of Sight: Landscape, the City, and Abstraction, Make Room, Los Angeles

2022: Regarding Kimber, curated by Jay Gorney, Cheim & Read, New York, NY 

2022: Small Paintings, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY

2022: 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, KOKI Arts, Tokyo 

2022: Beyond Genres: Self-Taught Artists Creating Contemporary Art, curated by Paul Laster, Outsider Art Fair, NYC 

2021: Angle of Repose, Poker Flats Gallery, Williamstown, MA

2021: 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.