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 Maslow.
Peter Maslow was born and raised in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY. He has maintained a painting studio in New York over the last 20 years, in Long Island City, Chelsea, Red Hook and now Industry City in Sunset Park. He was a High School drop out, but received his G.E.D. and went on to attend Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus from 1990-1995.
He graduated from LIU in 1995, Summa Cum Laude, became Artist in Residence from 1996 – 1997, and was a Fulbright Scholar from 1999 – 2000 in Poland, where he received grants from the Polish Cultural Institute and American Consulate in Cracow, Poland. He exhibited in Cracow and was Curator of several Polish Contemporary Painting shows in New York after returning.
Peter has exhibited in various venues in Europe and New York.
“These paintings are about urban environments and how we experience them. I’ve traveled fairly extensively across Central and Eastern Europe, photographing, sketching, absorbing and processing. I could look at a building’s facade there and determine the time, history, political climate, artistic trends, the battle between the vernacular versus cosmopolitan in architectural styles – and I would incorporate these as elements and arguments in my paintings. The paintings would be like a kinetic montage of glimpses of a hundred years of wandering through these places experienced and remembered.
But as time passed and I painted more, I learned that although I was painting about romantically far away kingdoms, I was using the maps of my childhood. I may have been looking up at some fancy cornice in a foreign city, but I was treading the streets and back alleyways, and clambering over the rooftops of Midwood. Or even more significant, the wider neighborhoods of my coming of age years: the streets of Manhattan and the Bronx, too. The dark edginess of late 80s and early 90s NYC. Streets matter more to you when you’ve faced loss on them.
For the last six years I’ve had my studio in Industry City – down below the Gowanus Expressway, and near the water on 2nd Ave. Twenty years ago I remember the dark life under the Gowanus, the drugs and hookers and night life. But you come out of the Battery Tunnel and you’re safe, back in Brooklyn where everything is familiar. Later memories of foreign travels overlay my home town like fantasies. This is a continuous tension in my mind and a central interest in my painting. Memory, cognizance, perception all interweave as overviews. But the painting only works if it a blow to the gut and a disorientation of the mind.” PM
Other material relating to Peter Maslow.
Artist website: petermaslow.com
Maslow Interiors: Peter Maslow
Youtube: Peter Maslow
Artist Rising: Peter Maslow
Chasma: Peter Maslow
ArtSlant: Peter Maslow
Art Orbiter: Peter Maslow