Peter Lyons

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Peter Lyons’s technique approaches photographic realism, but the precision in his paintings is an attempt to communicate a state of awareness, rather than to reproduce a scene.

Human figures are absent; the artist’s ego is absent. An otherworldly light reveals a moment of harmony among the natural, human, and transcendent orders of being. “Bathed in this elevating light,” says Lyons, “the beauty of the ordinary is released, and the image acts as a lens focusing awareness of wonder, joy, and spiritual anticipation in the viewer.”

For Lyons, the material painting is a talisman through which shared truths are recognized, not communicated. Their subject, one can say, is not the shared reality of the material world, but a shared holiness and shared humanity.

In significant respects, Lyons’s paintings both resemble and have the power of mid-19th-century Luminist paintings: beauty is immanent, serenity is palpable, and spiritual fulfillment is imminent. And in other respects, they are unabashedly 21st-century paintings, taking pleasure and finding wonder in color, form, and abstraction.

Current & Planned
20/20
November 23, 2019December 24, 2019
An exhibition which invites you to take a closer look as the year 2020 approaches.
Photograph by Winston Boyer: Ocean 8.2.13
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2020
January 9, 2020January 12, 2020
Matthew Swift Gallery will show work by gallery artists at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary.
Watercolor by Erma Wheeler: Head of the Cove
Art Palm Beach 2020
January 30, 2020February 3, 2020
Matthew Swift Gallery will show work by gallery artists and a special exhibition of work by Erma Wheeler at Art Palm Beach.
Past Solo Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
Peter Lyons: On-Ramp
June 9, 2018July 8, 2018
An exhibition of new and recent oil paintings by Peter Lyons. The centerpiece is a triumphant scene of Mount Yōtei in Hokkaidō, Japan, which pays homage to the unities within Japanese art and culture of religious and secular life, of representation and abstraction, and of the natural and the stylized.
Peter Lyons: American Spring
April 30, 2016May 30, 2016
An exhibition of fifteen landscape paintings in oil by Peter Lyons. Six large paintings in the exhibition are major works, representing the artist at the height of his creative power and focused vision.
Boston International Fine Art Show, 2015
October 22, 2015October 25, 2015
Trident Gallery showed six paintings by Peter Lyons at the 2015 Boston International Fine Art Show.
Past Group Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
New Series Two
October 10, 2019November 18, 2019
Signature works of art by gallery and guest artists, in harmonious groupings, but without an express theme.
New Series One
August 10, 2019October 7, 2019
The gallery introduces a new name, Matthew Swift Gallery, and a new exhibition format: a group exhibition of individual treasures.
Facing Five Years
January 17, 2019March 31, 2019
A program of exhibitions and events revisiting Trident Gallery’s first half-decade years and assaying the next.
In With The New
January 26, 2018March 25, 2018
An exhibition of new, unseen, and selected works of art by represented artists.
A Time for Blue
January 20, 2017March 26, 2017
A themed exhibition of art selected by Director Matthew Swift.
Beyond Real: Contemporary Landscapes
August 15, 2015September 13, 2015
A group exhibition offering more than fifty paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works in the genre of landscape, chosen to represent a diversity of artistic approaches.