°1934, San Francisco (US) – lives and works in New York (US)
Peter Saul is considered one of the fathers of the Pop Art movement, with connections to both Surrealism and Expressionism. Inspired by old comic books and Mad Magazine, he was the first to start painting everyday objects such as steaks and toilets in the 1950s and 1960s. His work from that era is filled with cartoon references, but painted in an Abstract Expressionist kind of way, reminiscent to Willem de Kooning’s style of painting.
Throughout the last 60 years, Saul became known for his both joyous as controversial subjects. His work is politically charged, often politically incorrect and void of any morals. He sources imagery from popular culture and current and historical events for his cartoonish and surreal depictions. The resulting paintings are grotesque, and should be read more as a social commentary than a clear political statement.
Peter Saul has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at MCA, Chicago; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; and Orange County Museum of Art, Philadelphia. His work has been shown in several group exhibitions at venues such as the MoMA, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Saul’s work is part of many public collections including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MoMA, New York; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Peter Saul is represented by the following galleries;
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