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Oliver Peterson
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Artist // Professional // Traditional Art
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My Bio
Current Residence: Sag Harbor, NY
Favourite photographer: Serrano, Beard

Favourite Visual Artist
Andrew Shoultz, Jose Parla, Pollock,Rauschenberg, Jesse Reno, Shep Faire deKooning, Basquiat, Darger
Favourite Movies
Donnie Darko
Favourite TV Shows
The Tudors, Borgia, SOA, Mad Men
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
The Clash
Favourite Books
The Stranger
Favourite Writers
Bukowski, Baudelaire, Shane Macgowan, Hunter Thompson, Jim Carroll, DMX
Favourite Games
Heroclix
Favourite Gaming Platform
XBOX360
Tools of the Trade
Burlap, latex housepaint, newspaper, Elmer's Glue
Other Interests
My wife, my dog, Art, the paranormal, writing, reading, Heroclix, Comics,Toys and assorted geekery..

I'm Back!

I'm Back!

So, following my two-man show in February 2013—which went really well—I took a long break from painting seriously. I was burned out from preparing the show and stepped away for a bit, but then found it difficult to return.It didn't help that I had ideas for new work and was planning to make a transition, but then attended the three Hamptons art fairs last summer and found that my ideas were pretty much exactly related to all the hottest new painting and art trends...and that kind of grossed me out. I had unwittingly been moving toward super slick, commercial work. Perhaps I was subconsciously trying to sell more paintings—w
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Show Went Really Well!

Show Went Really Well!

So, my "Objects" two-man show with Ray Colleran on Feb 2-3 was a huge hit. We got a lot of really great press and a killer turnout, especially for the Hamptons in February. Sold a few pieces and got a lot of interest for possible future sales and/or commissions. People really went crazy for "Truth and Memory," which is a 5 x 6-foot commissioned piece (you can find it in my gallery) that I displayed more to show my commissioned work and what I can do for collectors interested in having a personalized painting. As far as sales, I sold mostly small ATCs, which are turning out to be a really great way for people to get some of my work withou
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OBJECTS: A Two-Man Show

OBJECTS: A Two-Man Show

Hi, folks. I'm so excited to announce that I am having my second two-man show with Ray Colleran at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, which is in the town of East Hampton, NY. Here's the press release! Also look for articles about the show on Hamptons.com (right now) and SagHarborOnline.com (late in the coming week). OBJECTS: A Two-Man Show with Ray Colleran and Oliver Peterson Saturday-Sunday, February 2-3 Reception: Saturday, Feb. 2, 5-9 p.m. Open 12–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Ashawagh Hall, 780 Springs Fireplace Rd. in Springs Objects marks Ray Colleran and Oliver Peterson's second two-man exhibition at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. The friend
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Odyssey8Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Ollie, I really love your work. I am looking to get into traditional collages and
I was just wondering how you go about making them? Do you just collect every source of imagery you come across and scour through them later?
OlliePProfessional Traditional Artist
Hi, thanks for the kind words! Yes, I collect tons and tons of materials, as I find them, and usually the stuff I've collected dictates the composition, etc, of each collage. I rarely seek out materials to fulfill a need for a preconceived idea. Much like painting, I allow the process and the moment to take the image where it needs to go. I've heard it said that the difference between "art" and "craft" is that you don't know where you're going with art.

Craft is taking steps to accomplish a predetermined goal, while art is about the process.

I find one of the most important parts of doing good collage is learning how to properly glue all your materials. Try not to overuse or underuse your glue. Too much will ruin and wrinkle and distort the paper, fabric, etc, and too little will leave the piece vulnerable to damage and perhaps keep it from looking unified.

I don't check this every day, but feel free to send along any questions as you go. I'm happy to help!
platrypusStudent General Artist
thank you for joining BuckyBarnes-FC!
xXanarchangelXxHobbyist General Artist
Your work is highly inspiring. Hope you don't mind a watch. :3
OlliePProfessional Traditional Artist
Of course I don't mind! You are very kind. Thank you.
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xXanarchangelXxHobbyist General Artist
Love the drawing. Very cool! :D
OlliePProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks. It's an Anarchy Angel!