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Last updated: 3/25/09

What’s New:
Library Exhibit — April 1-30, 2009
Retrospective by Peter Anderson

The April 2009 exhibit in the University of Rhode Island Library Gallery is Retrospective, a collection of oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal drawings, and sculpture by Peter Anderson.


About the Artist

I was born and raised in Rhode Island. Except for a few years in the Army, I have lived and raised my family in southern Rhode Island. After graduating from URI in 1974, I have continued with drawing and painting in my spare time. To earn a living I have been an Electronic Technician for local companies. My latest job is with Astro-Med Inc. in West Warwick.

I have been active with South County Art Association for many years. For growth as an Artist, I have attended Figure Drawing classes and workshops. Even though it's still a few years away, my wife and I plan to retire to Costa Rica, where I will have another unique landscape to paint and explore.

Artist’s Statement

We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know it for the first time

T.S. Eliot

I find that there is a lot to explore in nature and you can always return and go deeper and deeper to discover new possibilities. In fact, my interest in bees led me to become a beekeeper for awhile. Although I don't always go to that extreme, I do try to go below the surface. Art has helped me stay engaged in the natural world when there are so many other priorities.

I use Charcoal for the shapes and tones, watercolor for the transparency and simplicity and Oils for the solidity and texture. Working different mediums gives me fresh perspective, a different way of looking and understanding, and one medium can inform another. Sometimes the process includes the frame, which becomes part of the statement. During walks I often run across found materials that eventually make it into my sculptures, such as the bent U nails, which were used as I found them.

Lately I have been Oil painting outside to capture the mood and essence of a scene quickly and accurately. This way you are using all your senses and seeing nature in a whole new light. The canvas is small, about 9X12, so that it can be finished in an hour and half. Photos can only give us a small amount of the color and valve information compared to human sensitivity. 

Enjoy the show.

The University Library Gallery is located on the main floor of the University Library, 15 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881. Library hours are:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday  8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm

For more information, please contact Brian T. Gallagher, Head of Access Services, at 401-874-9524 or

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