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Brandt Peters March 13, 2010

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(above) Peters painting  “ The Ride” 30 X 40 oil on canvas

Recently while walking through SoHo, I stumbled upon The Opera Gallery, a gallery on Spring street where I discovered the work of Brandt Peters. He is a self taught artist and painter Living in Tampa with his wife, Kathie Olivas, who collaborated on this exhibition. I find his aesthetic and technique very intriguing. His work is dark, and tries to push the viewers perceptions.
Artist Statement:
“Having grown up on the West Coast most of my life and coming from a family of uber ‘antique’ collectors and artists, my eclectic upbringing was filled with a wide range of ’Pop’ ephemera. Many of those inspirations now show up in my work and stem from the backdrop of my childhood.

The Subject of my paintings is a world of side-show icons, deviant Animalia, and ‘masked’ glorified cartoon alter egos. I utilize these icons and character cultures as antithetical counterparts to what we are lead to believe as being innocent and socially acceptable.

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(above) Faithful by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters

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(above) “Abandoned Playground Series: Swing” print   19×13 inches

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Although misfits on the surface, a sense of relation is understood, secret from the public – we are all misfits; hiding behind animated personas, odd and beautifully unusual. Who is it that we relate to? The lonely little boy hiding in a bear suite, the evil lustful pool-hall wolf, the sexualized little girl who secretly wants more. The environment and its limited population are meant to conjure these questions, the viewers are confronted with finding their own answers.”

Dead Bunny is a reoccurring character in his menagerie, a banjo-toting, cadaverous looking, skull-faced bunny.

While exhibiting around the U.S. and internationally, Brandt Peters also Collaborates with companies such as Kidrobot.   Find out more at www.brandtpeters.com and view his blog at http://brandtpeters.blogspot.com/

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