Peter Caden was born in Toronto in 1955. He recalls that his first significant art influences were the frequent visits to the McMichael Art Collection and the Royal Ontario Museum. The writings of Hans Hoffman and Josef Albers, well known for his extensive research in colour theory have also impacted his studies in mid-century painting and ceramics. He is self-taught and began experimenting with gouache and encaustic in 2007 and now uses acrylic paints, employing a precise, methodical technique. Exhibiting non-figurative images and dynamic color, his current paintings are primarily concerned with creating images that are refreshing, reflective and sometimes whimsical.
The pieces Peter creates have the painterly appeal of something hand-wrought rather than mechanical precision and are reminiscent of the work of other artists who have explored the relationships of colour through optical and geometric art (Claude Tousignant, Wassily Kandinsky, Jasper Johns, Kenneth Noland, Josef Albers). One can imagine that the meticulousness and repetitive process to produce these paintings in various combinations could become meditative or even addictive.