Up Next at Thinkspace Gallery – Kevin Peterson’s ‘Sovereign’

KevinPeterson Sovereign

Kevin Peterson
‘Sovereign’
August 20th – September 10th

Opening Reception: August 20th from 6-9pm.

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Kevin Peterson in Sovereign, the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. The Houston-based painter is known for his hyperrealistic works in which urban sprawls and rough city landscapes are offset by innocent subjects. Children and wild animals peacefully coexist as complicit companions in the detritus of stark urban environments. The poetic staging of these unexpected oppositions visually elicits powerful psychological themes. Recurring concepts continue to surface in Peterson’s work, like the perpetuity of change in self and environment, the navigation of personal trauma and loss, and solitude and the pursuit of companionship.

Peterson’s surreal compositions are meticulously laid out as preliminary studies with photographic references and models, then rendered imaginatively in oil on panel with deft detail and technical finesse. Everything from the figurative, the animal, and the inanimate is brought to dimensional life with expert attention to light, minutiae, placement, and context. Each work is meant to capture a fleeting moment; these encounters are ambiguous and fragmentary glimpses, suggestions of a universe colonized entirely by unlikely partnerships forged between the wild and misplaced.

The artist creates visual narratives that challenge our expectations of context, suspending the divisive nature of adult disbelief. Unexpected alliances thrive between wild beasts and young children in counterintuitive city environments. The compelling fantasy evolves from the interrelationships and staged contrasts of these incredible collusions and whimsical conspiracies; the youngest of protagonists find steady companions in wild foxes and bears, apprehensively navigating the solitude of the city. In fact, the adult human world is all but absent, seen only through the darker remnants of its urban leftovers and castaways; the legacies of its failures remain: old structures and abandoned spaces, industrial vacancies, and forgotten recesses. The bystanders of adult failure tread resiliently in these voids: nature and childhood.

In earlier works Peterson had focused on a closer, cropped, and more portraiture oriented view of his subject. In these and more recent works, he has widened the frame and opened the narrative, capturing more of the subjects’ environment, context, and interaction with the landscape. Graffiti graphics continue to figure prominently on the street structures in his work, looming suggestively in the backdrop and walls of these spaces. Reproduced in perfect detail and sourced from photo references of actual sites, Peterson develops a convincingly realistic snapshot of the cityscape in which to stage the wandering of his innocents. Their journeys, and what they are in search of, remain forever out of reach, but their pursuit and resilience resonate universally with our shared restlessness and disappointed inheritances.

Kevin Peterson Sovereign

Billboard Interview with Kevin Peterson for Red Hot Chili Peppers Album Cover

Billboard Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Kevin Peterson’s ‘Coalition II’ that was featured in our ’20 Years Under The Influence of Juxtapoz’ exhibition has found a new place on the Red Hot Chili Peppers Album ‘The Getaway’. Billboard music interviewed Kevin Peterson on how he ended up on the new album cover, sobriety, and the inspiration behind the piece.

View the full interview on Billboard.com.

Peterson was told frontman Anthony Kiedis wanted the image of “Coalition II,” an oil painting from a series depicting “the strength that it takes growing up in the world today, those traumas that it takes to get through it, and to survive and thrive.” – Billboard Interview

Kevin Peterson Coalition II

We currently have a timed release sale of “Coalition II” occurring on www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop. This special print will be available for purchase from Friday, June 17 at 10AM until Saturday, June 18 at 10PM. A 36-hour purchase window for you to pick one of these beauties up before the sale will close. We’ll then print off the edition, followed by shipping them to Peterson to be signed and numbered in the amount sold during this special timed-release. This is Peterson’s first timed release and a way for him to give back to his fans and allow them all the chance to own a copy of this iconic image. For more information on the print visit our previous post on the edition.

New edition from Kevin Peterson : “Coalition II”

CoalitionIINew edition from Kevin Peterson available this Friday

Coming up this Friday, June 17 at 10AM PST at www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop

Thinkspace Editions is excited to announce a brand new limited fine art print from KevinPeterson of his popular ‘Coalition II’ painting that was featured in our ’20 Years Under The Influence of Juxtapoz’ exhibition and is now the cover art for the new album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway, that hit’s stores nationwide this Friday as well (cover shown below).

Kevin Peterson
‘Coaltion II’
Open Timed Edition
16×30 inches (41x76cm)
Signed and numbered by the artist
Fine art print on 300gsm paper stock
$75 each (plus s&h)

‘Coalition II’ was printed by the amazing staff at Static Medium

This will be a timed release. This special print will be available for purchase from Friday, June 17 at 10AM until Saturday, June 18 at 10PM. A 36-hour purchase window for you to pick one of these beauties up before the sale will close. We’ll then print off the edition, followed by shipping them to Peterson to be signed and numbered in the amount sold during this special timed-release. This is Peterson’s first timed release and a way for him to give back to his fans and allow them all the chance to own a copy of this iconic image.

Click HERE to read an interview with Peterson by MOCA Jacksonville regarding his art being used by RHCP for their new album cover.

Kevin Peterson Red Hot Chili Peppers

‘Coalition II’ featured as the cover art for the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album that hits stores nationwide this Friday, July 17,

PLEASE NOTE:
There are no pre-sales of any kind, no special requests for a certain number, no in-person sales, no in-person pickups and no holds. Prints will go on sale at 10AM PST this coming Friday, June 17 via our online shop at www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop which uses PayPal as the primary payment method.

Please be sure your PayPal address is current.
It only takes a few moments to do so. We will ONLY guarantee shipping to the address associated with your PayPal account, no exceptions. Thank you and good luck with the drop this coming Friday.

PLEASE NOTE
Orders will not start to ship until early July, since the prints will need to be mailed to Peterson in Houston first to be signed and numbered. Please DO NOT inquire about where your print is at anytime before the end of July. We are planning to have everyone their new prints by the end of this July. If you live in the US, you will receive tracking details from us. If not, trust your print will be with you by the end of July. Please know we will not have the time or means to get back to everyone that places an order. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

‘Coalition II’ will be available this Friday, June 17 starting at 10AM PST at:
www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop

Kevin Peterson

Kevin Peterson’s “Coalition II” Now Red Hot Chili Peppers’s Album Art

Kevin Peterson Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Kevin Peterson‘s “Coalition II” piece that was on view at the 20 Years Under The Influence Of Juxtapoz exhibition at The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2015, is now the album art for Red Hot Chili Peppers‘s upcoming release The Getaway. We can’t express our excitement for Kevin Peterson enough and all the new fans this massive partnership will garner. Mark your calendars for Kevin’s upcoming show with Thinkspace Gallery August 20th, exhibiting all new work in the galleries main room.

Visit the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’s website for more information on their June 17th album release.

Kevin Peterson on the cover of the new Blue Canvas

Houston based artist Kevin Peterson is on the cover of the new Blue Canvas. His debut west coast solo show is now on view at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice. The show is on view through August 6th, so be sure to check it out if in the area. We debuted Peterson’s work at our gallery during this past June’s Art Walk group show and we’ll be showing his work again as part of our curated show at the University of Arizona this coming September. Past that look for more to come in 2012 from Peterson including a solo show at our gallery next November.

Issue #9 of Blue Canvas also features a small feature on the work of fellow Thinkspace family member David MacDowell.

Pick up your copy of Blue Canvas here.