Peter Anton, ‘Dark Bar - Left Bite’, 2016, UNIX Gallery
Peter Anton, ‘Dark Bar - Left Bite’, 2016, UNIX Gallery
Peter Anton, ‘Dark Bar - Left Bite’, 2016, UNIX Gallery

About Peter Anton

Declaring, “I like to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise,” Peter Anton produces oversized, lushly detailed, delicious-looking, and subtly unsettling sculptures of food, especially sweets. “I have an innate reverence for the things we eat,” he says. “Food brings people together and there is no better way to celebrate life. . . . The sensual nature of the works stimulates basic human needs and desires that generate cravings and passion.” Like Claes Oldenberg, Anton plays with scale, blowing up donuts, lollipops, boxes of chocolate, and banana splits into absurdly large, somewhat menacing proportions. Viewers are more likely to be consumed by his colorful confections than able to consume them. Concerned with craft as much as concept, Anton carefully renders each detail of his sculptures, down to every last sugar crystal.

American, b. 1963, New Haven, Connecticut, based in Fairfield, CT, United States

Solo Shows

2017
2014
Museum Jan van der Togt, 
Amstelveen, Netherlands,
Chocolate Creations
2013
San Francisco,
PETER ANTON Random Acts of Indulgence

Group Shows

2017
Shelburne Museum, 
Shelburne, VT, United States,
Tooth: The Art of Dessert
2016
Nassau Country Museum of Art, 
Roslyn, NY, United States,
Feast For The Eyes
2015
William Benton Museum of Art, 
Storrs UConn, Hillside Road, CT, United States,
Sweet Sensations
2012
Museum Ritter, 
Schleswig, Germany,
Art with Chocolate
2007
The Hudson River Museum, 
Yonkers, NY, United States,
I WANT Candy: The Sweet Stuff in American Art
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