February 5, 2014

In the Studio With Jeff Peters + Laguna Art Museum Giveaway

Juniper Oil by Jeff Peters, courtesy of Laguna Art Museum

I'm excited to introduce you to Jeff Peters, whose work I first saw at Laguna Art Museum. He was kind enough to  let me drop in on his studio in Laguna Canyon, and even though a lot of paintings were on their way out to shows, etc. there was plenty of work-in-progress happening. 

Inspiration is a tricky thing, I try to process inspiration as soon as it occurs so I can remove it from the equation, I have had no luck going into a painting inspired. If I have an idea I try to use it for a story or an illustration, painting is just something I have to do, I try to do that with no audience in mind, with no one to please, when I am painting I am mostly thinking about the small details of my life, like my knee is hurting, or I have to find a proper guitar chord, or my girlfriend is an hour late, the details. Painting takes time and inspiration comes and goes, I have ideas, but I hope to leave them behind in a painting so that I may discover something new. 


I was raised in a tract home with many throw pillows. There were pristine rooms filled with valueless tchotchkes that could not be entered without a vacuum to erase your footprints, books whose literary value was placed on how effectively the cover matched the wallpaper, towels that were only for décor, bedspreads that were to be pulled down before sitting on the beds they covered, it was as luxurious as cultural deprivation could possibly be. It was no fault of my parents though, they suffered from this plague as well, as did everyone on our block, city and maybe even state. We wanted Neil Young but got Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow; we needed Patti Smith but got Barbara Streisand and Crystal Gayle; we could have used Kurt Vonnegut but relied on a secret stash of Penthouse Forum’s in the adults bathroom.
Growing up in this environment made me suspicious, suspicious of beauty, of value and of desire. Of course I was extremely grateful of family and of the love but as a young man seeking an aesthetic preference I was suspect of the objects that defined value not only in my home but my surrounding culture. 

This has been the overall theme of most all work I make now, reconciling my most immediate surroundings, trying to comprehend beauty and fear, frustration and desire, I am looking most at nature and how that represent so many things, I am after turning a backyard fruit tree into an overworked, overproducing glitzy starlet, with perfect supple fruit that should be on the cover of a cosmetic package, even the beauty is suspect.   
Jeff has an upcoming show at Hall Spassov Gallery opening March 5 and his work will also be available for auction in this Saturday's Art Auction 2014: The Art of the Heist, Laguna Art Museum's annual art auction fundraiser


Which brings me to today's giveaway. The Laguna Art Museum has generously offered a pair of tickets (worth $300) to a lucky Trust Your Style reader! Just leave a comment below about why you'd like to attend and you'll be entered to win.

Taking inspiration from the stylish 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair, Laguna Museum's Art Auction 2014: The Art of the Heist will feature glamorous 1960s-inspired décor and the chance to “heist” original works of art by over 100 of California’s most sought after artists. The works will be sold during an exciting silent auction as well as a fast-paced live auction. There will also be a sampling of exquisite cuisine from local noteworthy restaurants, cocktails and live entertainment.


Zara said...

Beautiful post, Mary Jo! I love the paintings' happy colours and the background story is very interesting! And that piercing blue of the sky!! Also, such a curious technique of painting as if into mirror fragments! Thank you for sharing this! Have a wonderful midweek! :)

Alexis Grace of North On Harper said...

I love getting to know an artist and what makes them tick in their own words....

And its great to actually see the juxtaposition he talks about translated into his work.

Thank you for sharing this!

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing work and giveaway!
Thanks for introducing us to this artist!


The Dainty Dolls House said...

Beautiful paintings, I like the 1st one the best :)) Super gorgeous. I hope you have a great day my dear xo

About Last Weekend said...

Wow! His paintings are so vivid and surreal, love how they make you think about the sky, leaves apples everything in a different. Gosh He's a little bit handsome too isn't he - dead ringer for David Beckham - without the tatts!

Manhattan Image and Style said...

What an amazing work and giveaway! I love art so much!

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Jeff's work is beautiful! Great interview Mary Jo! It's always fun to get a little insight into an artist's inspirations.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Alicia Mackin said...

Wow this oppressive up bringing turned him in to a brilliant artist.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Rebecca said...

What a fabulous artist! I love reading about what inspires someone to make such beautiful art! Incredible pieces! Wish I lived closer so I could go see them in person! :)


Kim Alston said...

his paintings are absolutely amazing. love his use of color.

Classiq said...

What would I do without you introducing me to new artists on a regular basis? It's such a privilege learning about the creative process of an artist and all the elements that work together to give us that final result, the piece of art itself.

Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans said...

Le sigh. His work is just gorgeous, Mary Jo!!


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Diana Mieczan said...

I totally adore posts like this one. I love reading about artists and what inspires them. Plus his paintings are stunning! Kisses, darling. xo

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

So beautiful and full of positive vibes! Can only imagine what the actual paintings would make me feel like. Thank you for the introduction, Mary Jo. x

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

Wow gorgeous work. I always love being able to see a studio because its like the mind of the artist.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

His paintings are gorgeous!!

Sam said...

He is such a brilliant talent, these artworks are sublime! Happy End of the Week!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

It's so interesting how his upbringing contrasted so starkly with his own aesthetic vision. Good luck to the entrants - this looks like a fab exhibit!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Pamela RG said...

He is very talented. His paintings are so dramatic and colourful. It is nice to know more about the influences and inspiration of the artist. Have a wonderful weekend.

Chantal Cachela said...

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Marisa Silva said...

Great post!

Marisa Silva

Harija said...

Really impressive
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What a marvellous giveaway Mary Jo! It's also nice to read more about someone's work, in this case a very talented artist as well. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. xx/Madison

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi Mary Jo!!!!!
Wow!!!! Very cool post!!!!
I think his paintings are spectacular!!!!
Hope you are having a awesome weekend!!!!

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Stacey said...

A very inspiring post Mary Jo! He is a brilliant artist and I am in love with his style and art! Great giveaway too.

Ann said...

Beautiful artworks.
Lovely charity.


Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

what a fantastic post. i loved his response to 'influence'; it made such perfect sense. such a fabulous narrative, his paintings are so interesting and i love having that background info while i am looking at them now.

well, there we have it, another reason i lived closer to you! i'd love to be apart of the drawing, but alas i probably would have a heck of a time getting there.

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