Peter Saul, ‘Duet’, 2014, Coleccion SOLO

About Peter Saul

A Pop art predecessor who helped pave the way to neo-Surrealism, Peter Saul is known for his luridly colored, contrarian depictions of popular culture and political history. In the 1950s and '60s, reacting against Abstract Expressionism's seriousness and influenced by Surrealist Roberto Matta, Saul began to paint everyday objects like iceboxes, steaks, and toilets in bright colors, along with political works like his series of graphic, cartoonish “Vietnam” paintings (1960s), which though had no clear moral message or political agenda, were evidently anti-Vietnam War. (“I want praise for my art, not for some political opinion I might have,” Saul has said.) Jumbling references like Mickey Mouse, Ethel Rosenberg, and Willem de Kooning, his work also includes darkly humorous self-portraits like Oedipus Junior (1983), in which the artist simultaneously pierces his eye with a paintbrush and castrates himself.

American, b. 1934, San Francisco, California, based in New York, New York

Group Shows

Paris, France,
art is where the heart is Vol. 2
New York ,
Piss and Vinegar

Fair History on Artsy

Pace Prints at The Armory Show 2018
Richard L. Feigen & Co. at Art Basel 2016
VW (VeneKlasen/Werner) at miart 2014