Gary Petersen

New York, New York, USA

I’ve always been interested in geometric abstraction that reflects our vulnerability and uncertainty. In my paintings, the stolid geometric forms aspire to weightlessness while staying rooted in figuration. Color is very important in my work. It allows the somewhat familiar forms to become highly personal and subtly eccentric.

Using a minimal vocabulary, I try to merge the synthetic with the natural while exploring the playful side of the “cosmic” in abstract art. It is important in my work that the hand is evident, that my paintings are not perfect—that they stumble and falter, and ultimately reflect the joy in being human.

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