September 8-October 29, 2016
For the first exhibition with Peter Young, Gallery Wendi Norris will
exhibit nine large paintings on canvas and eight small paintings on
paper from the artist’s “Ellipse” series. The show will encompass the
entire gallery with works completed between 1989-2001.
Charisma and exuberance flow through the gestural color swatches in Young’s work. In works like #75-2000 and #76-2000, the central color palette is that of primary colors, and in others, such as #36-1994, the softer hues of western landscapes appear. For example, in #36-1994,
the sienna glow of the rocky environs surrounding his Southern Arizona
home takes prominence, with thinly washed turquoise strokes, suggesting
the pristine blue skies of the desert. As the title of the series
indicates, ellipses play a central role in composition, invoking, in
part, a game he played with his father, a renowned physicist. Though the
foreground is made up of flat, thickly colored geometric shapes, the
background is comprised of thin washes of acrylic or vacant white
canvas. Such distinct layers produce a surprising sense of depth and
motion as the viewer’s eye moves from one plane to the other. A dancing
effect materializes and the works approach the near figurative, as if
in conversation with paintings of an earlier era with a similar emphasis
on joie-de-vivre, perhaps those of Matisse and his fauvist compatriots.
Four new paintings by Peter Young in collaboration with Bridget Rose.
An exhibition of Peter's paintings were at Algus Greenspon Gallery in New York City, November , 2013.
LINEAR WEAVE - VERTICAL FOLD PAINTINGS - 1980 - 1983
Algus Greenspon Gallery
71 Morton Street New York
Nov. 2 - 30 2013
Peter is delighted to have a solo show at MOCA Tucson opening December 15, 2012 and running through April 2013. The whole museum is given over to a range of his paintings. A rare treat to see his large works on large walls!
Some of you may know that Peter spends quite a bit of time working on the humanitarian issues of the international border situation. Here is a news story from Nogales, AZ that shows Peter at the Migrant Center: