Peter Noonan IllustratorPeter is an award-winning magazine illustrator, caricaturist, fine artist and the owner of NoonanArts design firm and takes an unhealthy interest in all things political. He burnished his devotion to art, literature and history at prep school, Colby-Sawyer College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Paris, where immersion in the Great Works were not enough to quell his deep need to draw cartoons and make fun of politicians.

A Manchester, New Hampshire native, Peter is contributing illustrator and editorial cartoonist for the HippoPress and Manchester Daily Express. He enjoys biking, hiking, Masterpiece Theater and the novels of William Boyd. He was a professional ski instructor for 15 years and has been writing and drawing cartoons about politics since his days on the junior high school newspaper. Peter’s interest in the New Hampshire Primary and Presidential politics dates back to a 1987 campaign rally, when he presented then-Vice President George Bush with a pencil drawing of him; whereupon Bush responded: “Is this supposed to be me?!”.

Peter is still getting over it.

His works are to be found in private and public collections throughout New Hampshire – including the NH State House, Concord – and the United States, as well as numerous publications.

Selected Exhibitions


  • The Grossman Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
  • Boston
The Courtyard Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts,
  • Boston
Tufts University Aidekman Art Gallery
  • 
Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris,
  • Paris
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Marion
  • Mugar Graves Gallery, New London

Education

  • 
Currier Museum School
  • 
Kimball Union Academy
  • Colby Sawyer College, B.A. Communications, concentrations in Journalism, Graphic Design and English Literature.
  • 
New Hampshire Institute of Art
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Paris

Inspiration/Artist Statement

I see my work as constantly evolving. The illustrations that I do for a variety of clients are, as I see them, each individually unique. I try, then, to give each one a directness and one-of-a-kindness that will show off the concept to it’s best ability. Clarity of communication is key for an illustration and I hope I can tell a visual story that will leave the readers and viewers with a thought provoking idea long after they have seen the artwork. The illustrations must be able to convey an idea immediately, it should hit you in a second. My fine art, though somewhat different in range from my illustrations, shares with them the desire and need to speak to dissonance. I see in much of the world a tension between the beautiful and the terrible. It’s that stress and discordancy between two things that speaks to me and seems to bring out the ultimate beauty in and idea or a subject.