The Peter Lewis Gallery is a distinguished and welcoming fine art gallery located in the heart of downtown St. John’s, in one of the city’s beautiful heritage properties. Opened in July 2009, the Gallery celebrates a diverse collection of original works from regionally inspired artists including Peter Lewis, whose impressionistic style details local and international backdrops with unique and vibrant imagination. His vibrant oils and charcoals are often large scale and depict the landscapes from locations in Newfoundland and Labrador, Arizona, Ireland, Italy, France and many more places from where he draws inspiration. As a plein air artist, Peter’s creative style arises from vistas and scenery with powerful composition and rich colour.
To view the evolving works from over 12 artists, The Peter Lewis Gallery can be visited Tuesday to Friday from 11:00am – 5:30pm and Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm or by appointment. It is located at 5 Church Hill, in St. John’s, NL.
As a “plein-air” artist, or one who paints in an immersive setting, Peter is drawn to powerful composition and colors. With Newfoundland as his home, it’s beauty gives him infinite creative opportunity.
Before residing in Newfoundland, Peter spent most of his childhood abroad. He was born in Oxford, England to Newfoundland parents while his father attended medical school. Upon completion of his degree the family moved to Kampala, Uganda where his father worked as a medical doctor. At the age of nine, he and his family of eight moved to St. John’s where he spent the rest of his youth. After some time teaching in Swaziland, South Africa and Ogoki, an Ojibwa community in Northern Ontario as a young adult, he returned permanently to Newfoundland working as a Phys. Ed teacher.
Peter was exposed to painting as a young adult and became known for doing large 15ft by 25ft backdrops at school concerts. He is an expressionist/pleinairst; one who paints outside, and gets much of his influence from impressionist and post-impressionist artists like Pissarro, Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. He is also inspired by Canadian artists such as Tom Thompson and A.Y. Jackson.
Peter’s professional career as an artist began in 2006 when his artwork started being featured at local charity auctions. His first exhibition was held in 2008, at the Masonic Temple – which essentially was Peter’s official introduction onto the art scene in NL.
Aside from his paintings, Peter is known as one the best long distance runners to come out of the province. He now redirects the same passion, focus and energy from his racing years in to his paintings.