Reprise – Peter Arvidson

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Reprise – Oil Paintings by Peter Arvidson

August 8 – September 13, 2015


Peter Arvidson Reprise


For several years Peter Arvidson has been working in two related but different styles that he refers to as “colorfields” and “colorscapes.”

The colorfields are abstracts 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 the paintings evoke horizons and landscapes while others tend toward musical and life rhythms. The nuance of color and the patterns created in the repetitive mark making tend to draw the viewer into peaceful 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, 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.

Peter Arvidson is an established painter living and working in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His paintings are collected nationally and internationally in several private and public collections. He has been successfully exhibiting his work with Inclusions Gallery since late 2007.

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