Bob Peak: "Don't be an artist 'from the wrist down'"

"In the beginning, during my first period in New York, I realized I was on the wrong track when I tried to shape my style to commercial demands. I studied the works of illustrators who had done this; they were very successful for a year or two and then dropped from the scene."

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"It was apparent to me that an artist should not spend years developing a style which, in terms of demand, would quickly pass. In other words, he should not be an artist 'from the wrist down'."

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"Also, he isn't wise to allow his work to be pigeon-holed so that he becomes known as a fashion or sports or editorial specialist. Creativity depends on variety."

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"For me, drawing comes first. I like to draw, and I believe in being a good draughtsman."

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"Though I use many media and techniques, I don't approve of using a technique for its own sake by pushing it as far as possible to see what interesting effects can be achieved. Each problem will have its own aspects. I choose the technique and medium which will be most expressive and accurate."

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"Recently I've discovered I love to paint, to work with forms."

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"I use a variety of media: charcoal, grease crayon on acetate, oils, dyes and designer's colors, crayons, and, for texture, salt on wet washes."

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I use color for mood and expressiveness. Some of the things I do are calm, but most are not, so I prefer strong colors. Grays don't work too well for me."

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"If things are bright, it is a time for brightness."

~ From an interview with Bob Peak in the September 1962 issue of American Artist magazine.

Conluded tomorrow...

* Many thanks to Heritage Auctions. The football image and parrots image are from their archives and used with permission.

* My Bob Peak Flickr set.

* Bob Peak official website

* Bob Peak official blog

* the Sanguin Fine Art Gallery

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