An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.
I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.
The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Peter Roux.
“Although my work sometimes employs landscape as subject, I’m primarily interested in distance and edge. All art-making involves creating space-deep, shallow, flat, etc. The development of any particular space in a painting sets up distances: between viewer and subject as well as between formal elements and information points within the subject. Landscape imagery often employs deep space to guide the eye; I’m interested in exploring this type of depth, not as an exercise in identifying specific places, but instead as a way to create environments that move deeply back and forth. I’m also interested in shallow, flatter space as well; this involves far shorter distances between viewer and subject, often focusing primarily on or just below a painting’s surface, as in the abstract work. Here, memory and experience (translated through form and content) speak to the viewer in a more intimate fashion.”
“Edges, the connective touch-points between form and form, as well as form and space, are where relationships occur. As art is about relationships, edges play a critical role in the art object. In both my representational work as well as the abstracts, edges become an integral element in the dynamic, indicating starts, stops and rhythms, as well as the expansion and contraction of forms against each other. In the landscape work, edges are often blurred and less distinct. forms blend toward and into each other, sometimes suggesting movement. In the abstract panels, initially a visual response to a trip to Tuscany (and the sensory experience of the place) form the basis, or jumping point, for the work, which is heavily driven by surface. I then get caught up in the vocabulary of the abstract forms and spaces, and find myself once again exploring the dynamics of edge.”
Other material relating to Peter Roux.
Artist website: peterrouxart.com
TurningArt: Peter Roux