ABOUT


I am a painter living and working in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My work is represented in the Boston area by the Rice/Polak Gallery and Erdreich-White Fine Arts, and on the west coast by the Inclusions Gallery in San Francisco. My paintings are collected nationally and internationally in several private and public collections.

My recent paintings focus on color and its shimmering harmonies. My "color fields" series of paintings began a few years ago and I am continuing to explore color nuances and subtleties.

I also have worked on an ongoing series of landscapes. These pieces tend toward child-like renderings of patchwork countrysides with little houses and dancing trees recalling more innocent times. A new exhibit of color field paintings opens at the Rice/Polak Gallery on August 18th, 2017




PRESS


Burlington Free Press

Color harmonies: Anyone who has seen a Peter Arvidson canvas knows to expect a work of exquisite bright color and joy. His gorgeously depicted and loosely formed landscapes are reminiscent of Gauguin and have become familiar favorites in the New England art community. Now, in his latest paintings, the Massachusetts artist takes this exploration one step further into more fully abstract works that put less emphasis on form and more on color harmonies.

"It's as though Peter is painting jazz music," said Stephen Doll, director of the Doll-Anstadt Gallery, which opens a new exhibition Saturday. "The concept of representation and composition has been replaced by radiant strings of color and complex syncopations of various hues. It's playful, joyful, fresh and enduring." - -- Eve Thorsen, Free Press Correspondent



Seven Days

LIVING COLOR: The most recently produced paintings in Peter Arvidson's exhibition "Color Fields," at Burlington's Doll-Anstadt Gallery this month, are reminiscent of Georges Seurat's impressionistic pointillism. A key difference is that while Seurat's 19th-century dots added up to figures and forms, Arvidson's are shimmering, nonobjective field paintings. His subject matter is pure, bold color applied in rhythmic dots.




NEWS & EXHIBITS



>  A select group of paintings are available for purchase online Saatchi Art.

>  My feature exhibit of new paintings, "Modulations", opens August 17th at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

>  Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA opens their "Member Show" on Saturday, May 6th. I have ten little paintings in this show and will be gallery sitting from noon-2pm on Sunday, May 14th.

>  My painting Yellow Brick Road will be featured in the group exhibit "Iteration" at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA. The exhibit opens February 11th, 2017 with a reception at 7pm.

>  New colorscape paintings will be exhibited this summer in a featured exhbit entitled "Places and Dwellings: New Colorscape Paintings" at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA. The exhibit opens Friday, August 2st, 2015 at 7pm.

>   My painting "Semaphore" will be included in the Massachusetts College of Art's 26th Annual Art Auction fundraiser. The MassArt Auction takes place Saturday, April 11, 2015.

>  A solo show of my small paintings entitled "Musings: Colorfields and Colorscapes" opens at the Inclusions Gallery in San Francisco, CA on August 30th, 2014.

>  My painting Straight Till Sundown will be featured in the exhibit "Community of Artists" at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, MA. The exhibit opens June 7th, 2014.

>   My painting "Lagoon" will be included in the Massachusetts College of Art's 25th Annual Art Auction fundraiser. The MassArt Auction takes place Saturday, April 12, 2014.

>  My painting "Sunburst" will be included in the exhibit Wood at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA. The exhibit runs from Dec. 12th thru January 4th, 2014.

>  I'll have several paintings on exhibit this December when the Rice Polak Gallery travels to the Aqua Art Fair in Miami, FL. The fair runs December 4-8, 2013.

>  My painting Cirrus will be featured in the exhibit "Off the Wall" at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, MA. The exhibit runs from June 9 - August 4, 2013.

>  New paintings will be exhibited this summer in a featured exhbit at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA. The exhibit opens Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 7pm.

>  My painting "Circadian Rhythm #4" will be featured in the Massachusetts College of Art's 24th Annual Art Auction fundraiser. The MassArt Auction takes place Saturday, April 13, 2013.

>  Four new paintings will be featured at the Inclusions Gallery's 5th Anniversary Exhibit opening December 6th, 2012 in San Francisco.

>  My painting "Sun Shower" will be included in the Mass College of Art's annual fundraising auction on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 in Boston.

>  Several paintings will be included when the Rice/Polak Gallery travels to Los Angeles for the Affordable Art Fair - January 18-22, 2012