PETER WEST, M.F.A. is a noted fine artist with a B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy, and an M.F.A. from Ohio University. His extensive body of work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Solo shows include exhibitions at New York University, Hansen Galleries, and Foster Goldstrom Gallery, all in New York City. West has had solo museum exhibitions at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, and the War Memorial Museum of Virginia, where both institutions retain West’s work in their permanent collections. Locally his works have been shown at the Carnegie, Westmorland, Butler, Warhol, and the Pennsylvania State museums. Peter West has been an adjunct professor of art at Bethany College in West Virginia and has taught in the summer and evening programs at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. West was awarded the Artists’ Fellowship Award in painting by the PA Council on the Arts and holds a patent for the Airbrush Guidance System. West is also the author and graphic designer of three books. His first, Step by Step Airbrushing, a Walter Foster Publication. His second and third books, A Passion for Art and Football and the Rooney – McGinley Boxing Club were commissioned and published by Art Rooney, Jr. of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1999 Peter West and wife Robin opened World West Galleries in Washington, PA where works of many of the area’s most notable artists are exhibited. In addition to the gallery, West specializes in custom Giclee printing, graphic design, and art restoration.
DESCRIPTION OF PAINTINGS
The following paintings are all silkscreen & acrylic on canvas or rag paper. I describe my technique as mixed-media utilizing hand-applied brushwork, airbrush, and splashed color. Once the color has been distributed throughout the painting surface a silkscreened image is applied creating form and definition. Narratively my work utilizes appropriated images from historical artifacts presented in a visually exciting manner using the images metaphorically to evoke a personal response and interpretation by the viewer.
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