Peter Arvidson’s new exhibit of paintings is the culmination of over a year’s worth of work focusing on small paintings. Over the past several years Peter has been working in two related but different styles that he refers to as “colorfields” and “colorscapes” – both styles are featured in this exhibit.
The colorfield paintings are abstract paintings that focus on color and color harmonies. These pieces are painted in loose grids and concentric squares that are often monochromatic with related colors gently introduced and juxtaposed. Some of these paintings evoke horizons and landscapes while others tend toward musical and life rhythms. “Creating these works is a musing process that brings a lot peace while concentrating on the nuances of color and repetitive mark-making. It is the hope that the viewer is also drawn into this contemplation.”
The colorscape paintings share the love of color but are an ongoing series of imagined landscapes influenced by a life near the sea, trips to the countryside and passages from books and novels. These pieces tend toward simple, child-like renderings of patchwork countrysides and seascapes with little houses, rolling hills and dancing trees, recalling more innocent times. The color schemes, however, are complex and born of years of work applying pigments together in harmonic flights of fancy.
Working on small pieces, most of the paintings in the exhibit measure 10″x10″ and 12″x12″, allows the freedom to experiment and take chances. Included are a series of four 3-D “paintings” using Starburst candies which echo Arvidson’s gridded patterns and color sense.
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