Peter di Gesu, currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was born in Los Angeles, California, and received an MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Peter di Gesu has exhibited in public venues in California, Japan, and India, and his work is in permanent collections in the Oakland Art Museum and the Pasadena Art Museum, both in California, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. His paintings are held in various private collections and corporations in the United States and Canada. He exhibits in commercial galleries in Denver, Colorado, and Fredericton, New Brunswick.
These paintings are initially inspired by the space, light, color, and forms of the landscapes that I have visited. Each year I spend time travelling in the western and southwestern United States, as well as in the Maritime Canadian provinces, taking photos and sketching places that catch my attention. Sometimes the original photo or sketch will be a point of departure, with the finished painting bearing little resemblance to the original place. In the end, what matters is how the colors, forms, lines, and illusion of space work together on the canvas.
There is something universal about our connection with the earth and sky, the vastness and the expansiveness of space that pulls us beyond our own limited perceptions; this is what I hope is communicated in my paintings.
Peter Di Gesu