Peter Opheim (American, b. 1961)

“My paintings originate from an inspiration that I create out of clay. This figure, pressed by my fingers, is then interpreted with a brush. The iterations should be different, feel alive and have a presence and soul.”

Peter Opheim - 2021

Peter grew up in Minnesota and received his BA degree from St. Olaf College with concentrations in Economics and Asian Studies.  After 25 years of acclaim as an abstract painter, Opheim experienced an epiphanous shift in his approach to his art. Peter Opheim’s oil paintings are windows into a world unlike any other, one populated by the unconventional and provocative juxtaposition of a childlike imagination with adult thoughts and emotions.

He now lives and works in New York, and has been featured in many prestigious national and international exhibitions, and was awarded the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant. His work has been included in important corporate collections such as Hallmark, Northwest Airlines, and the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, and is in the permanent collection of several museums in the United States and South Korea.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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"I don't think about art when i'm working. I try to think about life."

Jean-Michel Basquiat


A poet, musician, and graffiti prodigy in late-1970s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat had honed his signature painting style of obsessive scribbling, elusive symbols and diagrams, and mask-and-skull imagery by the time he was 20. “I don’t think about art while I work,” he once said. “I think about life.” Basquiat drew his subjects from his own Caribbean heritage—his father was Haitian and his mother of Puerto Rican descent—and a convergence of African-American, African, and Aztec cultural histories with Classical themes and contemporary heroes like athletes and musicians. Often associated with Neo-expressionism, Basquiat received massive acclaim in only a few short years, showing alongside artists like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Francesco Clemente. In 1983, he met Andy Warhol, who would come to be a mentor and idol. The two collaborated on a series of paintings before Warhol’s death in 1987, followed by Basquiat’s own untimely passing a year later.

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