Who is Peter Tunney?
Peter Tunney (b.1961) is a legitimate force of nature with boundless creative energy, spreading his positive messages in unconventional ways and delivering works of art to a worldwide collector base. He creates in almost every medium: paint, collage, wood, photography, found objects, and discarded materials. His nontraditional life, cache of extraordinary experiences, and countless wild adventures serve as the foundations for his work. Since declaring himself an artist in 1987, Tunney delivers his messages of Grattitude, Don’t Panic, The Time Is Always Now, Fear Less, Love More and Change the Way You See Everything to a vast and global audience. His dynamic textual images blanket New York City, which he affectionately calls “The City of Dreams”, as giant billboards. Like magic these billboards spontaneously appear and disappear, an intentional phenomenon as Tunney himself is a trained magician. Tunney has owned and operated ground floor studios and galleries in lower Manhattan for the last 30 years. Open daily and free to the public, they embody his deep connection to and understanding of the city. In addition to his current Tribeca space on Leonard Street, for the last eight years Tunney has also maintained a gallery in the heart of Miami’s famed Wynwood Walls. As Wynwood’s first tenant, The Peter Tunney Experience has been a fixture in of the thriving Wynwood neighborhood. Throughout his 30-year artistic career, Tunney’s entrepreneurial spirit has remained strong. In 2015, he partnered with friend and developer Jessica Goldman Srebnick to form Goldman Global Arts. GGA curates and executes transformative art projects for causes, cities and corporations around the world. The GGA Gallery inside the Wynwood Walls, an offshoot of the curative branch, currently exhibits the work of and represents over 31 street artists from 16 countries who have painted murals in and around the Wynwood Walls. Yet, at his core, Tunney is much more than a visual artist and businessman. He believes in humankind and the good that results from performing countless small acts of kindness. Over the years Tunney has spent tireless human energy and donated countless works of art to deserving organizations. Most recently, his main philanthropic efforts are devoted to criminal justice reform, supporting wrongfully convicted individuals, and ending the stigma of mental illness. Tunney happily lives and works between New York and Miami with his wife Amy, their 6-year-old son Arthur - affectionately known as “Art” - and their 3-year-old daughter named "Sonnet".
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
November: Peter is honored at ARTrageous Gala Dinner and Art Auction, New York City
December: Exerpts from the Taj Mahal (The Truth Always Happens) opens at Wynwood Walls studio for Art Basel Miami Beach 2017
December: The Sinking of the Taj Mahal opens on the beach at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach for Art Basel 2017
Tunney curates and opens humanKIND group street art show in the Goldman Global Arts Gallery, featuring works by Wynwood Walls artists past and present
February: Tunney curates humanKIND exhibition in the Goldman Global Arts Gallery booth at Art Wynwood Fair
March: Tunney is featured on the Sunday TODAY Show in a segment filmed with Harry Smith in Wynwood
March: Tunney supports University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center's new mobile cancer screening and education vehicle by creating GAME CHANGER painting and donating all proceeds from its sale to the initiative. Tunney also designed a GAME CHANGER wrap from the vehicle and hosted the unveiling party inside his Wynwood Walls gallery
March: Tunney supports the Who Can Relate? initiative to end the stigma of mental illness at the University of Michigan as a keynote speaker and by creating two editions of U of M themed prints and donating 100% of the proceeds to related organizations and charities
Six unique Dictionary Daze shows currently traveling around the United States
July 4: Peter and Amy welcome daughter Sonnet Marion Tunney into the world