ARTINQUIRY

The Art of Peter Shire: an interview with the Artist with Molly Barnes.

Peter Shire has been known to design and build whole rooms …and palm size angels. Color and wit are combined with line and structure to create a purely magical illusion of practicality. His sculptural steel teapots are anthropomorphic, bridging the delicacy and fragility of insects with the curious appearance of the neo-nearly-scientific. Needless to say, each teapot leaves you guessing, as at the Mad Hatter’s Teaparty, whether it might get up and walk away. The drawings capture fresh first thoughts that flow from his creative center. They bridge prewar and postwar California Modernism with a child-like, rainy day wonder. When his conceptual drawings are translated into concrete form, they become objects with staying power vs inspired but evanescent brain wave. In this exhibition, we have the best of both worlds: quixotic drawings and functional sculptural forms. Born in Los Angeles in 1947, Peter Shire cites his artist-father as his first teacher. His education continued with a degree from Chouinard Art Institute in 1970. Solo exhibitions of his work throughout the United States have been mounted continuously since 1975, with international shows beginning in 1989. In addition to his objects in private and public collections, grand and glorious examples of his commissioned pieces can be visited at the Wilshire/Vermont Station of the L. A. County Metro, the L.A. County Metro Center Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, and Elysian Park

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