Joel Daniel Phillips Tinesha and Brian
Peter Gronquist 5x5 Orlane Gradient (Orange to Magenta)
Sean Newport Rhythm Machine
About the Artist
My work focuses primarily on portraiture at a monumental scale. I am fascinated by the intricacies and commonalities that we share as humans, and search for moments when our projected senses of self are transparent, allowing deeper, more truthful emotions to become visible. I pursue ways to peel back the protective veils that we all display to outside world, striving to capture the un-invented spontaneity of experience.
Central to this search is a focus on the significance of narrative in human existence. Our lives are not linear, with one instant leading solely into the next, but rather circular, with each experience formed and defined by others. A portrait functions in the same manner, teasing out emotions and truths that inform not only the particular instant captured, but more importantly the narrative leading up to it.
A true portrait is far more than a rendering of physical form—it is the capturing of the vulnerable, un-invented narratives that make us human. Seeing and understanding these is my ultimate goal.
– Joel Daniel Phillips
Peter Gronquist is an artist who manipulates expectations throughout his various mediums. Through painting, sculpture and infinity mirrors he forces the viewer to stop and dismantle what they are experiencing. His infinity mirrors are built to human scale, heightening the sensation that one could fall in at any moment. The imagery contained in these visual abysses can be as benign as a flower or as menacing as a tool of war. the fading to black nature of the mirrors reminds the viewer that all things are temporary. Gronquist is concerned with expressing the contradictions of American consumerism and what he calls “hyper American culture”.
Born 1979 in the USA, Peter lives and works in Portland, OR after residing in Oakland, CA.. He attended the School of Visual Art New York and received a BA in painting from San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. He has shown at Soze Gallery in Los Angeles, Joseph Gross gallery in New York, the Unit London, Winston Wachter in Seattle, Rarity Gallery in Mykonos, The Pittsfield Museum of Art, Scope New York and Miami, and is collected internationally.