The Gallery: Josh Peters

The Gallery: Josh Peters

amy chase
May 17, 2007

Fear on the Footpath. Acrylic on Unprimed Canvas, 48 x 40"

Introducing Josh Peters

Take a look... what do you think?

In these first four paintings, I love the contrast of paint application -- sharper, dimensional areas alongside a staining, bleeding quality closer to watercolor.

Sakhalin No. 4, 2007. Acrylic on Unprimed Canvas, 66 x 55"

And imagery from a curious inspiration -- "this series of paintings was inspired by the writings of Anton Chekhov, who traveled to Sakhalin, an island off the coast of Siberia. This island, which served as a penal colony, was populated mostly with women who had been convicted of 'crimes of passion'."

2046, 2006. Acrylic on Canvas, 53 x 47"

Tilt your screen back to make sure you are seeing all of the visual texture in these. Patterns flowing around and behind passages of softer rendering, sometimes becoming the boundaries for that atmospheric painting. Reminds me a bit of Klimt come to think of it.

Untitled (Yuko). Acrylic on Unprimed Canvas, 48 x 40"

This painting is from another series, a nostalgic nod to the crushes and spring fever of adolescence?

Looking Through a Mirror, 2005. Mixed media on canvas, 60" x 45"

And here these bird figures in collage/painted works that cleverly confuse -- what is painted exactly? What has been digitally reproduced?...Any remind you of anyone?

Symptoms, 2005. Oil, pigmented ink on canvas, 76" x 54"

Wedding Present, 2004. Archival pigmented ink and oil on canvas, 72" x 54"

Weekend, 2005. Pigmented ink on canvas, 68" x 50"

If you ever find yourself taking that long drive out to the Hamptons, stop in at the Sara Nightingale Gallery (688 Montauk Highway in Water Mill) and ask to see some of Peters' work... she represents him.

Inquiries? Please contact the artist or the gallery directly via email.

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