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So, following my two-man show in February 2013—which went really well—I took a long break from painting seriously.

I was burned out from preparing the show and stepped away for a bit, but then found it difficult to return.It didn't help that I had ideas for new work and was planning to make a transition, but then attended the three Hamptons art fairs last summer and found that my ideas were pretty much exactly related to all the hottest new painting and art trends...and that kind of grossed me out. I had unwittingly been moving toward super slick, commercial work. Perhaps I was subconsciously trying to sell more paintings—who knows?

Well, I spent the last eight months taking lots of toy photographs and enjoying the hell out of it, but it's time to get back in the painting saddle. (Toy art may come later..we'll see)

I just posted "Succession," my newest piece for a show that opens this weekend, on Saturday, June 21 at the Jackson Carriage House in Amagansett.

Event listing here: events.danspapers.com/event/grand-royale/?event_start=2014-06-21

Next weekend, I'm in another show called "Irrational Portrait Gallery," featuring all these large photographs of the artists, by the inestimable Rick Wenner, printed on canvas larger than life. Artists then paint, etc on top of the photos. It's new Southampton Arts Center's (a brand new museum/cultural hub in the Hamptons) very firstmajor art show, and I'm really excited. Robert Edwin of FRESH Art Long Island set it up. I've worked with Robert and FRESH before, and I love what they/we do. Check out the show site at: irrationalportraits.com

Finally, Elisa Contemporary, my gallery in Riverdale, NY, is reprising its popular "Super Hero" show in a special Hamptons exhibition at The Design Studio in Bridgehampton this August. More on that to come.

So, I've got a full plate, but I'm thrilled to be back in the painting game.

If you want to check out my toy photos, visit my Instagram account @oliversees

Thanks for coming back and reading.

-Oliver
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Choking Victim (great for painting)
  • Reading: Before Watchmen
  • Watching: Halt and Catch Fire
  • Playing: Ghosts
  • Eating: ..you guessed it... Cereal! Peaches too.
  • Drinking: Italian Roast coffee or water

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Oliver Peterson
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United States
Current Residence: Sag Harbor, NY
Favourite photographer: Serrano, Beard
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Odyssey8 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Ollie, I really love your work. I am looking to get into traditional collages and
I was just wondering how you go about making them? Do you just collect every source of imagery you come across and scour through them later?
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OllieP Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, thanks for the kind words! Yes, I collect tons and tons of materials, as I find them, and usually the stuff I've collected dictates the composition, etc, of each collage. I rarely seek out materials to fulfill a need for a preconceived idea. Much like painting, I allow the process and the moment to take the image where it needs to go. I've heard it said that the difference between "art" and "craft" is that you don't know where you're going with art.

Craft is taking steps to accomplish a predetermined goal, while art is about the process.

I find one of the most important parts of doing good collage is learning how to properly glue all your materials. Try not to overuse or underuse your glue. Too much will ruin and wrinkle and distort the paper, fabric, etc, and too little will leave the piece vulnerable to damage and perhaps keep it from looking unified.

I don't check this every day, but feel free to send along any questions as you go. I'm happy to help!
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platrypus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you for joining BuckyBarnes-FC!
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xXanarchangelXx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is highly inspiring. Hope you don't mind a watch. :3
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OllieP Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course I don't mind! You are very kind. Thank you.
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xXanarchangelXx Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the drawing. Very cool! :D
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OllieP Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. It's an Anarchy Angel!
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YakyYakina Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   General Artist
Your collages are super fun.
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abstractjet Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loved visiting your gallery...your textures and colors are wonderful...loved it all!
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
thank you for the watch and fav !
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