The word Buddha in Sanskrit means “to be awakened”. Expressed in art, Buddhas are not objects of worship, but mirrors of our innermost being, icons of the journey from ignorance to illumination.
Artist Virginia Peck grew up in New Jersey attending George School, a Quaker school in Newtown, PA. She also took courses at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Moving to New England, Peck attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and graduated with a degree in painting.
For 10 years, Peck worked as a freelance illustrator for clients such as Reebok, The Boston Globe, Doubleday Books and many others. After her son and daughter were grown, Peck returned her full attention to personal painting in 1997. She has been the subject of articles in The Boston Globe, The Patriot Ledger, and other newspapers and magazines. Newbury Fine Arts is pleased to represent the artist exclusively in Boston.
Virginia Peck describes that sitting in meditation one morning, she visualized the idea of the face of Buddha and knew that this was her calling. It was the culmination of a lifelong interest with her personal spiritual study, meditation and yoga and her passion for painting. The ancient Buddha statues with their weathered patinas suggesting the life cycle of decay and rebirth, impermanence and change inspired Peck to create unique surface qualities on her work.
Virginia Peck is an artist whose work engages the viewer at a strongly visceral level. Her paintings are vividly colorful and luminous with an underlying texture...Faces predominate...There is a haunting, surreal quality to many of them. They are startlingly beautiful and do not easily release your attention.
1980 - 1983 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Diploma Studio Arts/Painting
2015 Newbury Fine Arts, Color Personified, Boston, MA
2013 Qi Boston, MA; Group Show
2012 Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH; Solo Show
2010 Newbury Fine Art, Boston, MA; Group Show
2009 Newbury Fine Arts, Liberty Hotel, Summer Gallery Night Series, Boston, MA; Solo Show
2009 Andover Chapel, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Solo Show
2008 Newbury Fine Art, Boston, MA; Group Show
2008- Gallery Anthony Curtis, Virginia’s Buddha Room, Boston, MA, Solo Show
2007 Gallery Anthony Curtis, The Encounter of Buddha, Boston, MA, Solo Show
2007 Easy Street Gallery, Nantucket, MA; Group Show
2007 Powers Gallery, Acton, MA; Group Show.
2006 Alpers Fine Art, Sites & Insights, Andover, MA; Two-Person Show
2006 New Art Center, Icons + Altars, Newton, MA; Invitational
2006 Revolving Museum, Artroots, Middlesex Beat, Lowell, MA; Benefit Auction
2006 Kripalu, Center for Yoga and Health, 14 Buddha Paintings, Lenox, MA; Solo Show
2005 Alpers Fine Art, Twenty-four Meditations on Stillness & Light, Andover, MA; Two-Person Show
2005 South Shore Art Center, New Gallery Artists, Cohasset, MA
2004 Cambridge Art Assoc., The Human Condition, Cambridge, MA; Invitational
2003 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, December Sale, Boston, MA,
2003 New Art Ctr. Icons + Altars, Newtonville, MA: Group Show
2003 Upstairs@Johnsons Art Gallery, Elusive Form, Boston, MA: Group Show
2003 Newton Free Library, Earth Elements, Newton, MA: Solo Show
2003 The Pasche Gallery, Universally: Nature & Each Other, Wellesley, MA; Group Show
2002 Studio Soto Benefit Auction, Studio Soto, Boston, MA; Invitational
2002 Perrin Gallery, Dog-oids and Man-Beasts, Brookline, MA; Solo Show
2002 Alpers Fine Art, Surfaces Rendered, Andover, MA; Two-Person Show
2002 South End Open Studios, Boston, MA;
2001 Alpers Fine Art, FaceScapes & IsleScapes, Andover, MA;Two-Person Show
2001 Cambridge Art Assoc., Red, Cambridge, MA; Invitational
2000 New Art Center, Icons + Altars, Newton, MA; Invitational
2000 Concord Art Assoc., The Meaning In Landscape, Concord, MA; Invitational
2000 Alpers Fine Art, Life Forms, Andover, MA; Two-Person Show
2000 Cambridge Art Assoc., The Book as Art: Artists' Books in New England, Cambridge, MA
1999 Museum School December Exhibition and Sale, Boston, MA; Invitational.
1999 Cambridge Art Assoc., Red, Cambridge, MA; Invitational
1998 Inside Out Gallery, Solos and Duets, Newton, MA; Invitational.
1996 The Workbook Wall-to-Wall Art Gallery Show #8, New York, NY
2011 100 Artists of New England by E. Ashley Rooney, Schiffer Publishing
2011 Cover art for poetry book, Nevertheless by Wendy Videlock
2010 Publish , Anima, a Visual Journal by Virginia Peck
2010 Artsy Shark Blog, Featured Artist – Virginia Peck.
2010 Still Savvy Blog, Aug. 3, 2010, Seven Years for Excellence - an Interview with Virginia Peck.
2008 Fit Yoga Magazine, December 2008, The Gift of Serenity by Lorraine Shea.
2008 The Boston Globe, January 19, 2008, Artist Expresses Peace Using Buddha by Rich Barlow.
2007 Artscope Magazine, May/June, Gallery Anthony Curtis - The Encounter of Buddha: Antique Buddhas and Contemporary Paintings by Virginia Peck by Britt Beedenbender.
2007 Art New England, Feb./Mar., Sites & Insights opening Oct. 28, 2006, Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA
2007 Middlesex Beat, January, Buddha Faces Unfold by Jane Hallowell
2006 Lowell Sun, October 27, Who Art Thou column, Buddha’s Head a Constant Source of Inspirationby John Greenwald
2006 artMatters - School of the Museum of Fine Arts alumni magazine online, named as one of the artists who addresses spirituality in their artwork.
2005- Kripalu Winter Catalog, cover art, Serene Buddha, with bio.
2005 Boston’s South Shore, photography book by Greg Derr, 2005. Virginia Peck in Rockland studio.
2005 Cohasset Mariner, March 25, 2005, Best Bet, New Gallery Artists Show, South Shore Art Center
2004 Boston/New England Gallery Guide, November, 2004, Two Venues, Three Exhibits, shows at Alpers Fine Art and the Boston International Fine Art Show.
2004 Patriot Ledger, November 19, 2004, Opening Up Artistically by Courtney Hollands
Boston Globe, West, Nov. 14, 2002, Assignment yields unique works of art by Leslie Anderson
Metro West Weekly, Newton TAB, May 15, 2002, Crossing the Threshold of Art, by Valentina Zic
2000 Brandeis Review, Alumni Magazine, Vol. 20, #4, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Alper's Fine Art