“Peter Poskas has moved into the front rank of living American landscape
painters because of his profound sense of place and remarkable ability to
translate light and atmosphere onto his canvas.” So says art critic Theodore F.
Wolff, and gallery owners and curators throughout the United States have
agreed. In fact, Poskas is considered one of America’s foremost landscape
painters, in the tradition of the famous Hudson River School’s pioneers and the
later Luminist painters.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Poskas weighed jobs in forestry and wildlife
management against a fine art career during his years at the University of
Connecticut. Art eventually won out, and Poskas attended Connecticut’s Paier
School of Fine Art and the University of Hartford. He moved on to the
University of Massachusetts, and during this time his paintings were shown at
Kennedy Galleries in New York City. Slowly but surely, his work gained
attention throughout the Northeast.
Since that time, Poskas has developed his technique in watercolor, acrylic, and
oil, working on paper, masonite, and canvas. The finished works of art have
been shown in one-man and group exhibitions from Provo, Utah, to Bijitsu-Sekia,
Japan. Poskas’ work is part of the permanent collections of Maine’s Farnsworth
Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as General Foods, the Ford
Motor Company, and the Exxon Corporation.
A book of Poskas’ art, The Illuminated Landscape, was published in 1987, and
then republished by popular demand in 1992.