Friday, March 14, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, 27th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Artist Talk at 7 p.m.
Night on the Town
Friday, April 11, 6-9 p.m.
*Please note the art exhibit contains adult content and is intended for mature audiences. Minors will not be permitted to enter without parental consent.
IN MY OWN SKIN: THE ART OF BRIAN PETERSON
The French philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote that “life begins well, it begins enclosed, protected, all warm in the bosom of the house.” The paintings and sculpture of Brian Peterson offer a different take on this concept of warmth and familiarity. They provide opportunities for reflection and contemplation that are rich in reverie as well as the chance to experience a unique approach to the sensual qualities of the human dynamic. They are an inviting entre to the honest and authentic perspective that the artist has used to open his heart to the public.
Peterson’s paintings, in particular, capture, with a deep fidelity to objective reality, the rich fantasy life that has dwelt within him over his adult life and that have recently begun being manifested in his clear and bright paintings. His attention has been drawn to the sensual, the sexual, and to the rugged terrain of his erotic dreams. His technique and style is very much in the realist tradition of mid to late twentieth century American painting. His figures are sharply focused and reminiscent of the paintings of Philip Pearlstein. Alex Katz, and Tom Wesselman.
In analyzing Peterson’s style it is easy to link his work with the great painters of the Pop Art generation, with their cool and mechanical approach to delineating the figure. The touch of the artist’s brush is barely visible in the deftly applied paint and the bright light infused across the canvas is clean and without blemish. Peterson’s pink and beige flesh tones are redolent of the work of artists as diverse as Fairfield Porter, Lucien Freud, and David Salle. Salacious, provocative, and, at times, disturbing, the work is part of a tradition of art that strives to capture the diversity of human sexuality.
Peterson has unabashedly revealed himself, his amatory musings, and his connection to the post World War II American and British figurative painting tradition that has built upon the long European tradition of capturing the brazenly naked human figure in paint. In all of his work he brings an honesty and integrity to his vision that is manifested in his depiction of models posed in unpretentious yet highly provoking actions.