Peter Mah grew up in Vancouver. He followed his studies at the Ontario College of Art with post-gaduate work at the Temple University in Philadelphia and completed his Masters degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Previously Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Peter Mah has taught figure drawing and painting there over the past 25 years.
Through drawing and painting, Peter Mah explores human emotion within modern history. He handles line with the virtuosity of a master draughtsman. Mah's two-dimensional and three-dimensional works are expressive and emotionally powerful. Often, he delves into his chinese heritage by depitcting heroes of legend and folklore. He has produced a series of monumental oils and drawings in pastel which celebrate life. Choosing the naked body for its universal appeal, Mah says, "The nude body gives a more honest, elemental image. There is nothing to hide. But it also allows the artist to use all the abstract elements of composition." The explosive movement of the nude figures seem sculpted from the surface. His compositions are punctuated by strong abstract elements; intense blacks contrast with warmer earth-coloured skin tones.
Beneath the humanity of Peter Mah's subject matter is a life force which brings a vitality to his artwork: an energy which is ever present even in his Muskoka landscapes. Peter Mah is represented in private and public collections in Canada, U.S.A., Italy, England, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Guangdong. >>The Drawing Society of Canada