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by: Jared Peters

The questions that frame ‘Police’ are informed by art historical iconography, but also by contemporary social and political concerns. The painting explores the historical trajectory of equestrian painting (exemplified in works by artists such as George Stubbs and Jacques-Louis David) that positions horses as icons of power and prestige, but within a 21st century context of depersonalized surveillance and latent violence. ‘Police’ is concerned with the visual spectacle of power and the coercive organization of space and behaviour, and painting’s own historical complicity within these procedures. The work strives to question historical and contemporary expressions of power, and how this visual presentation continues to inform and direct our lives. 

Small jpeters headshot Jared Peters
Jared Peters was born in Saint Jon, New Brunswick in 1982. He holds a BA from UNB (2005), a BFA from NSCAD University (2010), and an MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2014). A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Peters was shortlisted for the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2011. His work can be found in private and public collections across Canada. In addition to his painting practice, Peters has worked extensively as an art educator and organizer. He currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he works as the Dean of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

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