Monday, July 9, 2018

Artist of the day, July 9: Peter Max, American artist

Peter Max (Peter Max Finkelstein), (1937) is an American artist known for using bright colors in his work. He and his family fled the Nazis in 1938 and moved to Shanghai, China, where they lived for the next 10 years. Max was incredibly artistic from the moment he was born, enamored by color and constantly searching for ways to draw on everything (to the detriment of his mother). For Max, color was paired with sound—an intense synesthesia. The ripple of crayons on a steamer trunk was the first memorable experience for the artist where he truly realized his love for sound and color. Today, there are few works by Max created in silence. Works by Max are associated with the visual arts and culture of the 1960s, particularly psychedelic art and pop art.

Max works in multiple media including painting, drawing, etchings (including aquatint), collage, print making, sculpture, video and digital imagery. He also includes "mass media" as being another "canvas" for his creative expression.

Max often uses American icons and symbols in his artwork. He has created paintings of presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush in addition to his 100 Clintons—a multiple portrait installation. Additional commissions have included the creation of the first "Preserve the Environment" postage stamp, in honor of the World's Fair in Spokane, WA, border murals at the entry points Canada and Mexico by the US General Services, and exhibitions in over 40 museums and 50 galleries worldwide.

His artwork was featured on CBS's The Early Show where his "44 Obamas," commemorating Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was debuted.

Max is an environmentalist, vegan and supporter of human and animal rights.
In 2002, Max contributed to rescue efforts for Cincinnati Freedom, a cow that escaped from an Ohio slaughterhouse. The cow jumped over a six-foot fence while the slaughterhouse workers were on break and eluded capture for eleven days. Max donated $180,000 worth of his art to benefit the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, part of a chain of events which finally led to the cow being sent to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, a permanant home where the cow remained for the rest of its life.

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Mr Peter Max

1960's Boston Common

1960's Make every day earth day

1960's Rock and Roll Hall of fame poster

1971, Head

1971, Knowledge Bliss Absolute

1972, Atantic Runner

1972, Baloo Baba

1972, Mystic Sailing

1972, Sunrise Flowers

1972. Playful Prince

1973, Aztec Man

1973, Being Content

1973, Infinity Balancer

1976, Little Boat II

1976, Sailing New Worlds

1979, Encounter

1979, Summer Season II

1980, Sage At Window

1981, Heart II

1981, Pink Sky Flyer

1989, John F Kennedy

1990, Angel with Heart

1990, Dega and Woman

1990, Flower Spectrum

1990, Images of an Era Suite of 5

1990, Zero in Love

1991, Roseville Profile

1994, Donald Duck Suite of 4

1994, Snow White

1995, Mickey Mouse Suite II

1995, Romance Suite I Profile

1995, With Liberty and Justice for all

1999, Flower Blossom Lady Unique

1999, Last Shot Michael Jordan

2000, Cosmic Runner

2000, Liberty Head

2000, Liberty III

2000, Umbrella Man III

2001, Untitled (Pegasus)

2001, Zero Prism

2002, Without Borders II

2004, Angel with Sun Version III

2005, Star Catcher on Blends

2006, Blushing Beauty on Blends

2008, Liberty Head

2009, Heart

2009, Obama

2011, Vase of Flowers

2012, Flag with Heart

2012, Umbrella Man

2013, Love the World

2014, Vase of Flowers

2015, Brooklyn Bridge

2017, The Beatles


Two Hearts

Tom Petty

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