Artist Peter Manion is a native of St. Louis. He returned in 2000 after studying and living in Chicago and Louisville. Though he completed his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Manion spent eight years away from the art world. In 2012, he returned to his studio and to painting, making and showing his work continuously since then. Focused on the idea and the process of making a work of art, Manion's work has been evolving, challenging him and his audience. Using an assortment of tools, techniques, and media, his paintings contain subtle, abstract details and images built around a central form that frequently demands of the viewer to ask, "How is that done?"
Manion's daily life is his art. It is the mundane, the extraordinary and the broken-down moments that lie in between. Nothing is more significant than anything else and everything has its purpose. He experiments with materials and their applications. The risk and its reward keep him excited and therefore motivated.