David Allan Peters - Untitled 16, 2017 (detail)

David Allan Peters

Abstract Art

August 6, 2013

The American artist David Allan Peters is best known for abstract paintings that explode with vibrant colors. Drawing inspiration from the saturated sunsets and flora of his native California, he combines painting with sculptural hand-carved qualities.

Born in 1969 in Cupertino, Peters currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, CA, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. His work has exhibited in a range of venues, including Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, AKA PDX, Portland, OR, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA, Marc Arranaga Contemporary Art, New York, NY, and Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

Working on wooden panels, Peters covers the surface with numerous monochromatic layers of paint. Once these layers have dried, he cuts, scrapes, and carves into them, releasing all the colors in the form of radiating lines, rings, and whorls. The variance and choice of color, comes from the specific depth he chooses to carve. The artist describes this tedious process of addition and subtraction as hiding secrets and rediscovering them again. These rainbow pigment scraps are later transformed into vibrant sculptures of geometric shapes and crystalline forms.

Featured image: David Allan Peters - Untitled #16, 2017 (detail). Acrylic on panel. 48 × 36 in. 121.9 × 91.4 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery