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Artist of the moment….Peter Shire…..

Peter Shire is an American artist  that was born in Los Angeles, California  in the year 1947. He makes wonderful sculptures with geometric and organic shapes. Shire also makes ceramics and designs furniture. The artist still resides and keeps a studio in Los Angeles.

For his collegiate art education Shire attended the Chouinard Institute of Art located in Los Angeles, Calfornia.

Below is a clip with the an interview featuring the artist.  Shire explains some ideas behind his sculpture work.

Shire has done a great amount of public and private commissions  with a majority in California. Shire has received many awards for his public works on display throughout the city of Los Angeles. He also works in smaller sizes often producing cups in ceramic.

In this clip we see Peter Shire at work on a very large sized public commission in California.

Peter Shire is part of museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city, the Brooklyn Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum located in London, England.

First exhibition took place in 1990.

Price range information:  The artist has worked in enamels which range from $200 to $2500. Human size larger sculptures range from $2,500 to $10,000. Some of these may even contain moving parts, such as something that his moved by wind.

In this clip see some of the artists enamel jewelry pieces. Shire is sometimes associated with 1981 to 1988 group Memphis Group. This was a group of Italian designers who used a similar palette and many times the same shapes.

Shire reminds me of the great modern abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky is my favorite abstract artist because his sense of design was so great. His works have great movement across the canvas and beautiful color. Below is a great example of Kandinsky’s abstract style, to me Peter Shire is the three dimensional version of him!


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