Who is Peter Tunney?
It is difficult to separate the life and the work of Peter Tunney because in many ways they are one and the same. His work, which frequently mixes and varies in media, functions as relics of the constant performance that is Peter Tunney’s life. His work is a part of a bigger story, one that has taken him across every inch of the globe, seen him tackle wall street, travel out of his world and land back down to earth where he declared himself once and for all an artist. Having been around, Peter produces works that probe our culture with authority, mining images from newspapers, magazines, and art books and reinterpreting through his own unique perspective. Through his work, Tunney offers wisdom from someone who has crossed over to the other side, and made it back alive to tell the tale. His recent works, where refreshingly optimistic phrases and quotes are colorfully painted over collaged headlines, serve as the subtle attack on our culture of fear and ennui. As our media sources relay stories of death, destruction, hysteria and greed, Peter whimsically overpowers them with his own headlines, such as “DON'T PANIC", "BELIEVE", GRATTITUDE", and "CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE EVERYTHING". In doing so he functions as his own media machine, redefines ways for us all to interact with and understand the world around us.
September 1, 9:32 am: Born Washington, DC at Georgetown University Hospital.
Wins 1st prize in kindergarten art class.
Hit by car riding on his bicycle; spends next 5 years in and out of hospitals undergoing over a dozen surgeries.
While recovering from accident, learns magic, becomes professional magician.
Drops out of college.
Enters Wall Street; recruited by Paine Webber. Tunney begins his financial career, eventually specializing in biotechnology.
Stock market crashes; Tunney opens own investment bank and declares himself an artist.
Meets and spends time with Jonas Salk, the pair become business partners until Salk’s death in 1995. Tunney credits Salk as the most important influence in his life.
Opens The Time Is Always Now Gallery, 476 Broome Street, Ground Floor, New York City.
Opens first solo show, Shower Art, exhibiting over 6,000 laminated “tiles”. The Time Is Always Now Gallery, 476 Broome Street, Ground Floor, New York City.
Meets Peter Beard and begins curating, collaborating, and exhibiting shows for the artist.
November: With Robert Delpire, Tunney co-curates retrospective Peter Beard: Carnets Africains at Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France.
April 1: Tunney moves the retrospective, Peter Beard: Carnets Africains to The Time Is Always Now Gallery, 476 Broome Street, New York City. Exhibition remains on view every day until January 15, 2002
February 21: Opens giant solo show, It’s About Time, at The Time Is Always Now Gallery, New York City.
April: Creates first PLATINOGRAPH (camera-less photograph) as homage to artists Man Ray and Duchamp. Later this year Tunney hangs entire show of platinographs.
December: Tunney closes The Time Is Always Now Gallery and moves into the Crobar Nightclub, where he lives and works for the next 321 days.
Opens large gallery and studio at 70 Franklin Street, TriBeCa, New York City Installs, Paradise Garage, New Works by Peter Tunney at The Highline, NYC.
Solo show, I’m Not A Perfect Person, at Frank Pictures Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
April 13th: Marries Amy Magee at Capitale, New York City.
Tunney’s work is included in The Media, a group exhibition featuring works by Jean Michele Basquiat and Keith Haring at Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California.
The Peter Tunney Experiment is ensconced in the ground floor of 666 Fifth Avenue @ 52nd Street, New York City.
Don’t Panic, Tunney’s Art Basel show, hangs in AE District, Miami, Florida.
Meets the Goldman Family and opens The Peter Tunney Experience, inside the Wynwood Walls. 220 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL.
December: Exhibits first Art Basel solo-show inside the Wynwood Walls: The Peter Tunney Experience “MY-AMI”.
Summer: Solo-show, Peter Tunney: A Beautiful World, at Hamburg Kennedy Gallery, Southampton, New York.
September 21st: “The Big One” PT’s first big party in a decade launches his new gallery and studio at 73 Franklin Street in NYC. The party is surprisingly attended by thousands of people, shutting down the block.
Tunney’s exhibition Dictionary Daze (An Exploration of the Lexicon) A to Z, travels to Kana Manglapus Projects, Venice, California
December: Dictionary Daze opens at Art Basel Miami inside the Wynwood Walls, Miami, Florida.
New works showing at Pop International Galleries, SoHo, New York
June: First five billboards of the GRATTITUDE Project mysteriously appear in and around New York City
August: Solo show at Samuel Owen Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut
September: Seeing Things solo show opens at 73 Franklin Street, New York.
December: Enough is Possible, solo show of new work opens at Art Basel simultaneously with exhibitions in New York City.
Traveling Dictionary Daze exhibition debuts at the Miami Country Day School.
The GRATTITUDE Project goes international with the installation of thirty billboards in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, Canada.
Three unique Dictionary Daze traveling exhibitions continue touring around the United States, having now been exhibited more than ten times.
December: Lost and Found opens at the Wynwood Walls for Art Basel Miami 2013
Lost and Found opens at 73 Franklin Street, New York City
January: Dictionary Daze travels to South Pointe Elementary School.
April: Dictionary Daze makes its New York City debut, opening at Spruce Street School.
June - December: Peter Tunney installation at the TriBeCa Grand Hotel is the first of the Grand Wall Art Series.
August: The GRATTITUDE Project Billboards appear in Times Square, New York City
December: Time Capsules opens at Wynwood Walls for Art Basel Miami Beach 2014
In preparation for the GIANT Giant Polaroids Show, Tunney opens the PTography Studio at 89 Franklin Street, Ground Floor in TriBeCa. Begins shooting Giant Polaroids throughout winter and spring.
Opens GIANT Giant Polaroids at new gallery at 83 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, New York City
June 25: Peter and Amy welcome son Arthur Earnest Tunney, their first child, into the world.
December: I’m Almost Not Crazy opens at the Wynwood Walls for Art Basel Miami Beach 2015.
Tunney creates the Haiti Walls project in collaboration with Artists for Peace and Justice to benefit The Academy for Peace and Justice. Artists make inaugural trip to paint sections of the wall protecting the Academy.
Time Capsules opens at 83 Leonard Street, New York City.
Partners with Jessica Goldman Srebnick and co-founds Goldman Global Arts
Summer show DON’T PANIC opens at Samuel Owen Gallery, 46 Centre Street, Nantucket MA.
Tunney attends Toronto International Film Festival and presents Peter Tunney LIVE! at the IT House, 128 Peter Street, Toronto CANADA, to benefit Artists for Peace and Justice
FEAR LESS LOVE MORE opens in the Wynwood Walls for Art Basel Miami 2016
An extension of the GRATTITUDE project, thirty billboards featuring FEAR LESS, VIOLENCE IS NOT A SOLUTION, and THANK YOU AI WEIWEI appear all around New York City
Tunney curates and opens group street art show The Originals, presented by Goldman Global Arts, inside the Wynwood Walls. The show features artwork by past and present artists of the Wynwood Walls
Fear Less solo show opens for Art on Rivington at the Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington Street, New York City