Habitat, a wall painting project at the Oshawa Centre for The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Pete Smith’s mural is a collaborative initiative between The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the Oshawa Centre. This is the second of its kind, both having local artists paint temporary murals on hoarding on future retail locations. The RMG continuously looks for opportunities for public art to increase the community’s interaction with and awareness of contemporary art. Having an original work of art within a mall offers a different experience for the Oshawa Centre visitors. Local artist Pete Smith painting live during the mall’s opening hours allows for direct public engagement with both the artist and process.
Pete Smith is an artist and writer who lives in Bowmanville. His recent work explores the collective anxiety around environmental change. Smith has exhibited his work extensively since completing his BFA from York University in 1998 and his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: Open Letter at Bowmanville Town Hall (2017), Southern Pastoral at No Foundation, Toronto (2017), Postscript at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa (2015), New Frontier at Kelowna Art Gallery (2015), Initial Public Offering at Station Gallery in Whitby (2013), New Drawings at Colorida Exposicoes in Lisbon, Portugal (2012) and Proverbs for Paranoids at Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver (2010). His work is included in numerous private and public collections in Canada and abroad including TD Bank, The Colart Collection, Imago Mundi (Italy) and The Art Gallery or Guelph. His writings on art have frequently appeared in Canadian Art and Border Crossings magazines. Smith has held teaching positions at OCAD University, Western University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Toronto. He teaches Fine Art in the School of Media Art and Design at Durham College.