Peter Maier
American, born 1945
Peter Maier: Portraits,
Louis K. Meisel Gallery
Bernarducci.Meisel Gallery at Art Miami 2015,
Bernarducci Gallery

Peter Maier’s vast photorealist paintings of cars reflect his lifelong fascination with what he considers to be the strongest cultural icon of his time. A former employee of General Motors, Maier worked as a senior designer for Cadillac, Pontiac, and Chevrolet, and went on to pioneer the use of automotive paint in fine art. For example, 1959 Sting Ray (1996), which is scaled to the exact dimensions of its subject, acquired its shine and saturation of color through more than 20 coats of metallic silver paint. His process of applying layers of color and clear varnish “produces an illusion of depth, surface, and saturation not possible with traditional mediums,” Maier says. “Often my cars and motorcycles look like they are under glass.” While at Pratt Institute, Maier was chosen to assist “Junk artist” Robert Mallary on his famous sculpture Cliffhangers (1964). This led to meetings with

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