Monday, October 22, 2012

New Exhibition opening November 10th at American Legacy Fine Art in Pasadena

"Tail O' the Pup" 10 x 12 inches, oil on canvas.

"Avenue 26 Bridge, 110 Freeway" 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas
These new paintings and more will be in the upcoming exchbition, “Eclectic L.A. – Four Perspectives" November 10 – December 8.  at American Legacy Fine Art in Pasadena. Also in the show is artwork by Scott W. Prior, Alexander Orlov, and Eric Merrell.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Belmont Park Roller Coaster, Mission Beach

This is one of the larger paintings I've done, 36 x 84 inches, oil on canvas. I think I'm calling it "Belmont Park, Mission Beach". It was a private commission for a client in La Jolla, he used to drive the yellow 1972 Malibu convertible back in the day.

The painting took several months to complete. I started by scouting out locations along the San Diego coastline. I began with a couple of smaller drawings of potential compositions. My client primarily wanted the yellow convertible depicted with his family, ideally in a beach neighborhood. We actually tracked down the original car and used it for a photo shoot. But the current owner painted it red, so I used a model of a yellow car to get the color and light to match.

When we settled on Mission Beach as the landscape, I had reservations about choosing the complex scaffolding of the rollercoaster as part of my subject matter. I like how it turned out though, and I enlarged the actual scale of the roller coaster to give it the larger than life effect of memories long ago.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bruin Theater Nocturne

I've been working for several months on a new commission, I'll post it here soon. Meanwhile, this is small 12 x 12 inch painting, "Bruin Theater Nocturne".

The Bruin Theater is located in Westwood Village, close to the UCLA campus. It's an old Art Deco Theater and shows current films, but I chose Dr. Strangelove for the marquee since I had recently just seen it for the first time. I've been thinking a lot about the subject of anxiety, and I enjoyed Kubrick's way of presenting the anxiety of nuclear war in such a humorous way in Dr. Strangelove.

I really wanted to paint this place at night to show off the neon lights, and something about the wet rainy pavement reflecting the light felt symbolic of the unconscious. Like the way dreams are themselves like movies within our minds as we sleep.

Monday, February 20, 2012

March 2012 Southwest Art Magazine... feature article

Southwest Art Magazine just came out with their new March issue... there's a feature article in there about my artwork called "Tony Peters - More Than a Pretty Picture".

Here's my bio photo, shot by my friend Clarence Legaspi in the back seat of a 66 Mustang.