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Roland Petersen Exhibition

Categories: Blog, Exhibits

On Display June 1 – August 30, 2018

Roland Petersen photographed by Ansel Adams

Rarely does one have the opportunity to view an artistic achievement as profound as the more than six-decade career of Roland Petersen.

Having lived and worked in the whirlwind of the California art scene from the 50s to the present, Petersen creates art which is a distinctive vision and bold synthesis of the significant art movements of the 20th century. From his early abstract still lifes of the 1950s through his well-known Picnic series, Petersen’s paintings of the 20th and 21st centuries demonstrate Petersen’s tireless creativity with the insight and vigor of a much younger artist. His depictions of picnics and pools in a California Landscape are fitting for this special show at Filoli.

The significance of Petersen’s work has been recognized by many collectors and museums, including MOMA and the Whitney in New York; the Hirschhorn in Washington, DC; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and SFMOMA. Petersen and his wife Caryl Ritter, an artist in her own right, are long-time members of Filoli and their support has made this show possible. Join us for this very special exhibition at Filoli with paintings by a modern master, Roland Petersen, presented by The Studio Shop. Visit the Gallery at the Visitor and Education Center to view Petersen’s brilliantly colored and unforgettable paintings.

Recent portrait of Roland Petersen

About the main image above titled American Bathers, 2017 by John Seed
Looking at a fresh, recent Petersen canvas, I can immediately recognize that it is by the same artist whose work made such a strong impression when I saw it in a gallery window forty years ago. Everything I noticed then—the sense of order, the playful color, the pleasing variety—is still there. Understanding Petersen’s development over time and appreciating that he has been studying, teaching, and painting for over seventy years makes the experience of his work even more moving now. His influences—especially that of Hans Hofmann—are evident, but so is his individuality.

Artist’s Curriculum Vitae