Peter Harris is a Toronto, Canada based artist who has explored themes involving the urban landscape in his oil paintings for over 25 years. His obsession with cities and urban life has been a constant in his work and life, as he transitioned from small town living as a child, to living in a mid-sized city as a youth, to finally living and working in the downtown core of Toronto.

His work portrays the common elements of the city: parking lots, building, gas stations, restaurants, subways, etc. These often overlooked aspects of the urban environment are presented as an opportunity to re-examine the spaces we inhabit. Painted in a crisp, realist manner, his paintings are recognizable for their depictions of urban settings at night, absent of people.

Peter graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1997 with a degree in Fine Arts, and in the years since has exhibited his work in cities across North America, including Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Vancouver and New York City. His work can be found in private collection in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Studio, June 2021


My studio is located in downtown Toronto at 401 Richmond St, in the historical Arts and Culture building known as "401 Richmond". The building houses many artist studios, arts organizations, galleries and shops. The building is open to the public during business hours. Visit to my studio by appointment only.

2023 Five and Under, International Invitational, Arcadia Contemporary, NYC

2023 Wonder: the real, the surreal, and the fantastic, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton

2022 Between Here and There, Ian tan Gallery, Vancouver

2022 In transit, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2020 Exit Bonaventure and other Observations, Galerie d'Este, Montreal   

2019 Machines for Living, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2018 Undisclosed Locations, Galerie d'Este, Montreal  

2017 Evening with Hopper, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto    

2016 Hopper’s shadow, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver

2016 Conversations with Hopper, Galerie d’Este, Montreal

2015 New Canadian Landscapes, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa

2015 New Canadian Landscapes, The Lindsay Gallery, Lindsay, ON

2015 Night Watch, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2014 Night Shift, Galerie d´Este, Montreal

2013 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2011 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2009 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2007  New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

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