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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Max-imizing Color in Art

*Photo from, search "Liberty"
Several years ago, our family was on a cruise, when we came across an art auction as one of the many afternoon activities offered on the ship. This was when my Dad fell in love with Peter Max, who, as described by his web site, is a "multi-dimensional creative artist who has worked with oils, acrylics, water colors, finger paints, dyes, pastels, charcoal, pen, multi-colored pencils, etchings, engravings, animation cells, lithographs, serigraphs, silk screens, ceramics, sculpture, collage, video and computer graphics. He loves all media, including mass media as a "canvas" for his creative expression." From this day on, he became a favorite family artist, and one that even inspired my sister Allyson to paint a Peter Max-style painting that now hangs in Dad's office. Why am I telling you about my family's art preferences? Well, because Peter Max is scheduled to appear in Austin at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery this May (exact date TBD). This upcoming visit, and the fact that Max even "painted 44 Obama portraits in honor of the 44th president" is proof that his work is just as relevant today as it was in the 60's, and just as vibrant. He hasn't lost his touch just yet, so keep checking the Russell Collection website for the exact date of this exciting upcoming event!

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