My drawings, prints, and scratch boards probe the membrane between Earth and sky, terrestrial life and the vast beyond. Tree canopies, silhouetted treelines, and occasional human interferences such as telephone poles act simultaneously as intermediaries and embodiments of the aspiration toward that infinite mystery.
Ranging in scale from tiny to gigantic, and often designed to be presented high on the wall or on the ceiling, they recall childhood afternoons on the grass, gazing upward through a net of foliage, or a glance toward the darkening horizon when it is time to run home for supper.
Our shared affinity with trees predates history, reaching back to primate ancestors who lived among them. Even still, forests and reforestation hold the key to our species’ survival. I can feel that synergy when I work and I’m glad to be part of an endless chain of precedent that will always be contemporary and relevant.
Artist Bio / CV
Peter Krebs was born 1971 in Kansas and grew up in suburban Washington, DC. He was a National Merit scholar at the Blair math/science magnet school and went to night school at the Maryland College of Art and Design. He matriculated to the College of William and Mary, with dual concentrations of Fine Arts and Western Civilization. Peter spent his junior year in Montpellier, France, where he studied drawing and Art History, and graduated from William and Mary in 1993 with High Honors.
After college he settled in Washington, DC and quickly established himself in the cultural community there, exhibiting his work and founding artist co-ops, roundtables, and salons. After extended stays in Pittsburgh and Paris, Peter relocated to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. After building a reputation as a stone carver and community organizer, the birth of his son in 2003 led Peter to return to his roots as a two-dimensional artist and reawakened his interest in the natural world.
In June, 2009, Peter moved with his wife and son to Charlottesville, VA where he currently resides. He exhibits nationally with solo gallery shows in Washington, Paris, New York, and Virginia. He has attended the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, is represented in many viewing libraries and is currently in residence at the McGuffey Art Center.