In the News

Trebuchet Magazine | The Way I See It. Presence, Realism, and the Artist in Physical Space: Peter van Dyck

The work of painting faculty, Peter Van Dyck, is explored in Trebuchet Magazine's latest issue, Process.

Van Dyck’s process brings whoever is watching into soft afternoons and empty streets touched with the light melancholy of contemplative solitude. Our eyes, following the graceful curves of perspective, begin to subtly doubt the verisimilitude of what we see, forcing us to look at and feel more acutely our new world and what it means to be here.

“What I’m saying is that it’s easy to feel like there’s something wrong with the way things are or that the party, so to speak, is somewhere else. My point is that your experience is the party. But it takes effort and training and time to generate meaning and to animate the world. It’s not saying that nothing outside my experience exists, but that there are different ways available to experience your world. I want to offer one up that is full of surprise, luminosity, movement, rhythm, all the expressive qualities that painting has at its disposal.”

You can preview the full article in high-res at the 1:03 timestamp of Trebuchet's video (click play, and then the square in bottom right to display full screen), or purchase at link below:

Last Updated
March 10, 2022 - 4:35 PM

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the United States’ first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers a world-class collection of American art, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and educational opportunities in the fine arts. The PAFA Museum aims to tell America's diverse story through art, expanding who has been included in the canon of art history through its collections, exhibitions, and public programs, while classes educate artists and appreciators with a deep understanding of traditions and the ability to challenge conventions. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.