Christopher Peet - Architecture in Watercolour
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About the Artist

Born in 1957, Christopher Peet was raised and received his early education in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Canada. After finishing high school in 1974, Peet became the first Newfoundlander to represent his province at the prestigious Lester B. Pearson International College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia.

He left Pearson College two years later with an International Baccalaureate. For the next four years, Peet pursued his interest in textiles at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Ontario, graduating in 1980 with an honours diploma in general design (textiles).

Returning to Grand Falls in 1980, Peet began to explore other areas of interest. Using his background in design, he turned, almost by accident, to painting. The natural focus for his artwork was architecture, a subject that had fascinated him from an early age. He experimented with acrylics and oil. He then turned to watercolour, where he found the subtleties of colour and shade which best suited his subject.

Since then, Peet, who now lives in Welland, Ontario, has been painting full-time and his works are exhibited in galleries across Canada and in the United States. He has become an architectural preservationist, concentrating on the detail of buildings and how this detail reflects the area in which the structure is found.

He has been involved in and continues to pursue a number of projects in the arts. He was the artist for the Bonavista Historical Society and has produced two lithographs for the Society. One of these lithographs was presented to Queen Elizabeth II in June 1997 while on a visit to Newfoundland as part of the province’s 500th Anniversary celebrations. His work was also selected to be part of the Canadiana Fund’s State Art Collection which has as its mandate the establishment of a permanent collection of art works for the seven Official Residences in Canada. His piece was selected to hang at the Official Residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons, former residence of Sir William Lyon MacKenzie King, near Ottawa, Ontario.

Peet has been regularly featured in solo and group exhibitions and has also lent his talents to many charitable organizations over the years.

His work was also featured as the cover art of The Journal of the American Planning Association.

His work can be found in public, private, and corporate collections internationally, some of which are noted below.

Queen Elizabeth II, Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, England.

Canadiana Fund, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Canada House, London, England.

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Hibernia Management, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Marine Atlantic, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Cabot Development, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada