Artists O - S
Raising A Messenger, 2012, oil on canvas, 42.5" x 32"
“Raising a Messenger reflects my current interest in re-imagining traditional landscape painting through a very personal lens. My choices were influenced by my awareness of climatic change, my experiences as an artist and farmer, and my earnest desire for our culture to see the importance of protecting and healing our environment.
Topsoil and iron filings have been mixed with the paint giving the paint greater presence on the canvas. These additions to the painting's surface can be thought of as a part of my process giving content to the painting, or as an aesthetic device creating texture to be appreciated on a purely visual level.” - Paul Peterson, 2014
Paul Peterson thinks deeply about the rural economy of South Dakota. Growing up on a farm, he gained insight into the challenges faced by those who till the land: the difficult task that has always been a part of agriculture – of drawing life from the soil – but also new, twenty-first century pressures including competition in a new global economy, adapting to new techniques and new technology. Peterson situates his work at the intersections of these various tensions. He captures the contrast between big agriculture and the small family farm. He juxtaposes a past literally rooted in the earth with a future filled with ever more complicated machines and traces the conflict that comes with working a land that gives but can also take.
Peterson lives and works in Sturgis, SD.
This piece was purchased from the artist's solo exhibition In Denial of Context: Landscapes and Other Ephemera in 2014 with funds from the Rapid City Arts Council's Art Acquisition Endowment Fund.
Abode, 2010, pastel on paper, 12" x 21"
Peterson’s images come from his everyday life. His subjects are ordinary people, places, and events we see every day, which make them especially accessible to viewers. What gives these pictures their special quality is the way the scenes develop in Peterson’s memory, the way the quick glance evolves in his mind before he records it on canvas. A large part of the effect involves the conflict between memory and reality, the way, as he gets further from a moment in time and space, the details begin to shift and fade. What remains is more than a mere impression, but less than reality. The result might include humor, irony, pathos and empathy, or a complex combination of these emotions.
Peterson is originally from Minot, North Dakota, but attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD where he received his Bachelor’s degree, and now makes his home in Spearfish, South Dakota. In addition to the exhibition itself, the artist will be speaking at his opening reception a 6pm.
This piece was purchased from the South Dakota Governor's 4th Biennial Exhibition in 2010.
Piping Plover Chick, 2015, watercolor on board, 10" x 10"
Sarah portrays recognizable subjects, but they are only vehicles for a greater subject: the paint itself. Her style of painting has much to do with her background in graphics.
“I painted the plover chick because I once lived in Charleston, SC, on the beach, and my dogs and I loved the many shore birds that we watched on our daily walks after work. The dogs loved to chase them and, of course, could never catch one. We walked for miles along the beach among the plovers as well as other shore birds.“
After receiving her BFA from the University of Florida, Sarah moved to South Carolina to work as a graphic designer. She later went on to New York City where she worked for a decade as art director for an advertising agency before moving to the Black Hills region where she now lives and paints in Sundance, Wyoming. Sarah is the recipient of a 2015 Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award.
This piece was purchased in 2016 from the artist's retrospective exhibit.
Zones (triptych), 1984, acrylic on canvas, hand stitching, 30" x 60" (each)
This piece was generously donated by Arthur and Jan Amiotte in 2014, in honor of long-serving Director of the Rapid City Arts Council Ruth Brennan's "arts accomplishments and devotion to the arts of South Dakota."