Visions from Both Sides of 9/11 : Peter Beckett

September 7 – October 19

Vision From Both Sides of 9/11 is comprised of oil paintings and drawings. Referencing the exhibition title, the large, intense works on canvas were painted both before and after September 11. The smaller drawings were started on September 11 and for months thereafter, Beckett produced a continuous recording of the events in various media, drawings painted constructions, writing and videos. He was already in studio, working and listening to the radio station WGBH Boston, when the news began to flow about the horrific events of the day. The works on paper Beckett had created are chaotic and compelling, mirroring the vast array of 9/11 occurrences. The drawings are executed in wax crayon, graphite, pen and ink and cold fusion encaustic with scratched markings. They will hang on the wall unframed, creating a sense of intimacy for the viewer. The wide range of color and form in this work allows us to find in our own recollections a wide range of emotional responses, from shock and fear to courage and hope.

Beckett says of his work in vision From Both Sides of 9/11, “The War of the Worlds came to mind…but there was no interruption in the coverage. The drawings from 9/11 were made in the company of pigeons, cooing and scratching around on the slate roof, and WGBH. A foreign correspondent, an outsider keeping record of the impact, the assault…what would it be like to be a war artist?” The artwork is as affecting as the artist’s words.

Peter Beckett was born in Oakville, Canada in 1956. Her received his B.A. with honors in Art and Art History from McMaster University in 1979. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, most notably in Antwerp, Ibiza, Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Burlington and Santa Fe. Beckett’s work is represented in the Steinberg Collection, Pioneer Petroleums and Wirral Manufacturing Collections, and Banca Commerciale Italiana in Toronto, as well as the collections of York University, McMaster University and St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Conversation, Sept 12/01, Wax Crayon graphite ink, 18″x 24″

Red/Flight, Sept 2001, $4500, Oil on Canvas, 48″x 66″


Sound, Graphite Wax, 18″x24″


Looking for…Hope, 2002, $7500, diptych, oil on canvas, 66″ x 96″


…into seeing like touching, 2001, $6000, oil on canvas, 66″ x 80″


Stop, 2000, $4,500, Oil on canvas, 66″ x 48″


Standing, 2000, $6,000, Oil on canvas, 80″ x 66″


Requiem, 2000, $7,500, diptych, oil on canvas, 66″ x 96″


Moving Simultaneously in Opposite Directions, 2002, $4,500, Oil on canvas, 48″ x 66″


Fear/Embrace, 2002, $3,500, Oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″


Eclipse/Tears, Sept. 2001, $3,500, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 36″


Fear/Embrace companion, 2002, $3,500, Oil on formica on canvas, 48″ x 36″


Doorway…, 2001, $3500, Oil on canvas, 48″x36″