Apr 1, 2013 to Apr 30, 2013
With an art career spanning more than five decades, Roland Petersen has honed his craft into a distinctive style that melds vivid colors, abstract patterns, and an extensive understanding of light and shadow. Twenty paintings from throughout Petersen’s career will be on display.
Petersen began his career as an abstract artist. After receiving his master’s degree in 1950 from the University of California at Berkeley, he studied with Hans Hofmann for a year. Petersen then dabbled in printmaking in Paris and was an art history teacher in Pullman, Washington. His studies and jobs led him on a path from abstraction to realism. In 1956 he was hired as a professor at the University of California, Davis, where he taught for more than 35 years. During this time he was introduced to the region’s figurative artists who worked with big, blocky forms. This infused a more expressionistic style into Petersen’s paintings, leading to the work he has created since the 1960s.
Elliot Fouts Gallery
1831 P Street
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