Peter Colquhoun


Peter Colquhoun

I am a New York City based painter with forty years of work behind me. During my student years I studied with Francis Cunningham and Lennart Anderson among others. In the 1980s I lived in Italy for three years and stayed in Venice for six months, Milan eight months and the rest of the time in Casole d’Elsa, a small village in Tuscany about half way between Florence and Siena. This was an eye opening time for me in terms of engaging with the work of the past masters as well as exploring the Italian landscape in my own paintings. In more recent years I have made painting trips to France. My work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe. I have received numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner and Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Grants. Residencies have included the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos New Mexico [2001] and I-Park in East Haddam, CT [2004].


My choice of subject revolves around my surroundings. My studio of the past seventeen years is the site for still life work and views from the window. I paint outside during the warmer months on the city streets or in the parks such as the High Line or out of the city entirely—usually near a coast. I believe that I do particularly well with places and objects that I am familiar with. I have lived most of my life in New York City and it has been the place I have painted most often.


b. 1955, Staten Island, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY

  • 1990Pratt Institute, BFA
  • 2013Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, Office of the Borough President Scott Stringer, New York, NY
  • 2001Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM
If you would like to include me on a studio tour, that would be fine but I would prefer to keep the address off of the web site.

oil on panel


One-Of-A-Kind, 16 in H x 19 in W


Painted on site one freezing cold day on a roof top near Union Square.