Peter Shear - Biography

Peter Shear


Born 1980 Beverly Farms, Massachusetts

Lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana



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

2018:  University of Cincinnati Group exhibition curated by Andrew Brischler, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach

2017:  Magnolias All At Once (solo), Fortnight Institute, New York, Opportunity Cost (solo), A\M Projects, Indianapolis

2017:  Editions of You (solo), Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago

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


2017:  ONLY Small Paintings , Fortnight Institute, New York

2016:  Family Resemblance (solo), ATM, Austin, Texas

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

2016:  GOOD BAD BRUSH: Peter Shear and Matthew Wong , The Occasional Gallery, Burlington,


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

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

2015:  Drops of Jupiter , Bannerette, Brooklyn

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

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

A country road. A tree. Evening. , curated by Sean Robert FitzGerald, FJORD, Philadelphia

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

2013:  Transposed Planes , Seth Adelsberger, Stacy Fisher, Peter Shear, LVL3, Chicago



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:  An interview with Peter Shear, 2017


2017:  New York Times, ‘What to see in New York Galleries this Week?’ by 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

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

MAPS magazine, issue 110, June 2017

2017:  Fortnight Radio interview, 2017,

2017:  émergent magazine, May 2017

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

2017:  Peter Shear’ by John Yau, 2017

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, 2016,

2016:  Final Friday Podcast, 2016,

2015:  Der House, 2015,

2014:  New American Paintings Blog, by Brian Fee, 2014,

2013:  Sensitive Skin Magazine #10, 2013,

2013:  On the occasion of DRAGON EXPRESS exhibition, Anneka Hartley, 2013,

2013:  ‘Peter Shear: un lieu pour infuser / a place to infuse’ by Armand Dupuy, 2013,