PETER OPHEIM

American. Born in Landstuhl, Germany, 1961.

Education: St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, B.A., 1983

Lives and works in New York City, New York and San Cristobal, New Mexico.

Peter Opheim Bio

In my work, I am interested in exploring our shared humanity, those qualities that make us human and the connections that we have with each other.  Ideally, I would like the viewer to find something of themselves in the work.In these paintings, it is important to me that I create my own imagery.  I do this by first creating a sculpture out of clay.  From this I then make the painting.  The figures are from my own imagination and are created intuitively.  Sometimes they are completely imaginary and sometimes they are conceived with animals that we know in mind, such as bears, rabbits or other creatures.  But  either way, I don’t rely on outside sources to create the figure.  It is important to my process that I look at the figure directly and paint from them without the use of photography.  I consider the figures in the paintings to be life-size. In other words, if the figure in the painting is 8” high, then it is small and that size.  If the figure is large, say 6 feet, then the figure is also large and is that size.  In this way, my paintings are not like pictures but function more like sculpture.

 

Peter is a former abstract painter Mashing clay into crude shapes is a common childhood activity,

Using various types of clay to create his own models, his canvases with intuitively sculpted figures shaped by his own hand

 

 

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Ben and Steve, Askeri Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

Fables of the One Hundred Mountains, Powen Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.

2017 Wunderkammer, Rood Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

Peter Opheim and Poren Huang, Powen Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.

2016 Fables of the Eleven Rooms and Six Houses, Zevitas/Marcus Gallery,

Los Angeles, California

A Bear, a Duck, A Rabbit, Peter Opheim Paintings, Coup D’Etat,

San Francisco, California

2014 The Place on the Other Side of Air, Now Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida

2012 LAND, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York

FOREST, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Peter Opheim: Lines and Form, Donna Leatherman Fine Art,

New York, New York

2011 HERE, The Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Peter Opheim New Paintings, VOLTA NY, Steven Zevitas Gallery,

New York, New York

2010 Fraulein, New Paintings and Works on Paper, Gershwin Gallery,

New York, New York

2009 Saranwrap Up My Little Life, Donna Leatherman Fine Art, New York, New

York

Big Pie Modern Architecture, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, British Columbia,

Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Gracious Heart, Christies London, London, England.

Ecce Ancilla Domini!, Direktorenhaus Museum for Art, Berlin, Germany.

New York Art, Hankyu Umeda Gallery, Osaka, Japan.

2017 Peter Opheim X Poren Huang X Chung-chuan Cheng, Powen Gallery,

Taipei, Taiwan.

Figure | Landscape, Zevitas Marcus Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Permanent, Powen Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.

New York Now, HPGRP Gallery, Osaka, Japan.

2016 Group Show, HPGRP Gallery, Osaka, Japan.

Summer Group Show, Now Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida

Random Visions, David Anthony Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico

2015 The Guston Effect, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Valentine’s Cardiovascular, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington,

Massachusetts

2014 Pumpkin Pie, Daniel Rolnick Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2013 By the Seat of Our Pants, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York

Pink, Seoul Open Art Fair, The Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Childs Play, Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, Florida

What Can I do for My Salvation, The Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibition, ArtMRKT San Francisco, Steven Zevitas Gallery, San

Francisco, California

Why am I so Awkward, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Group Exhibition, ArtMRKT Hamptons, Boltax Gallery, Bridgehampton,

New York

Group Exhibition, Now Contemporary Art, Miamia, Florida

2012 Group Exhibition, Miami Project, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Miami, Florida

Group Exhibition, Art Platform Los Angeles, Steven Zevitas Gallery,

Los Angeles, California

Group Exhibition, Art MRKT Hamptons, Boltax Gallery, Bridgehampton, New

York

Summer Group Exhibition, The Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibition, Art Pad San Francisco, Steven Zevitas Gallery,

San Francisco, California

Group Exhibition, Art MRKT San Francisco, Boltax Gallery, San Francisco,

California

At HoMe: Living with Art and Design, The Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Site Unseen 7, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Persistence, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2011 I am who I am; The Portrait Reconsidered, Steven Zevitas Gallery,

Boston, Massachusetts

Group Exhibition, NEXT Art Fair, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Group Exhibition, Seoul Open Art Fair, Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Art Now, Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Given a Miniscule Ledge, Norwood, Curated by Liz Parks, New York, New

York

Group Exhibition, Korea International Art Fair, Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2010 A Private Exhibition: Works by Le Corbusier, Nall, Pablo Picasso, Peter

Opheim, Donna Leatherman Fine Art, New York, New York

Little, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Group Exhibition, Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

B.Y.O.A., X-initiative, New York, New York

Size Sensitive, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, British Columbia

Canada

2009 Outside In, Wassaic Project, Maxon Mills Art Center, Wassaic, New

York.

21st Anniversary Group Exhibition, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Five Years, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Now Open, Gallery Jones West Vancouver, Vancouver, British

Columbia, Canada

Red Dot Art Fair, Butters Gallery, Miami, Florida

2008 Red Dot Art Fair, Butters Gallery, New York City, New York

Group Exhibition, The Culture Center, New York City, New York

In Focus, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Selections: Modern and Contemporary Abstractions, The Harwood Museum

of Art, Taos, New Mexico

Group Exhibition, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, British Columbia,

Canada

Holiday Group Exhibition, Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Red Dot Art Fair, Butters Gallery, Miami, Florida

2007 19, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Summer Group Exhibition, Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Group Exhibition, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, British Colombia,

Canada

Paintings and Works on Paper, Mallet Contemporary, Bend, Oregon

Selected Bibliography

Sasha Bogojev, “Peter Opheim at Hankyu Umeda Gallery”, Arrested Motion, May 29,

2018.

Staff, “Peter Opheim”, Art.Investment, March 2018.

Staff, “Peter Opheim, Art Hot News”, Art Collection Design, March, 2018.

Felicity Carter, “Gracious Heart Charity Auction at Christie’s in London”, Forbes, March

25, 2018.

Wil-Lian Guzmanos, “Exhibitions to Visit this October: Taipei”, The Artling Magazine,

October 5, 2017.

Alexandra Fanning, “Cabinets De Curiosites. | Peter Opheim at Rood Gallery”, Quiet

Lunch Magazine, August 7, 2017, (Illus. “Ben and Steve”, Miles and Miles”, “Francis”,

“Dase”, “Cool Your Heart”, plus others)

Sarah Nechamkin, “The CUT”, New York Magazine, August 4, 2017.

Andrew Salamone, “Artist Paints Charming Portraits of 100 Goofy Clay Sculptures”,

VICE Magazine, July 23, 2017, (Illus. “Miles and Miles”, “Ben and Steve”, “Hans”, “This

Bird Flies”, plus others)

Staff, “Wunderkammer”, Wall Street International, July 12, 2017, (Illus. Installation view

Rood Gallery)

Alex Greenberger, “New York Foundation for the Arts Names 2017 Fellows”, Artnews

Magazine, July 6, 2017.

Charlotte Parrott, “NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program Recipients and Finalists

Announced”, NY Patch, July 6, 2017.

Jon Carver, “Spotlight: Taos”, Art Ltd. Magazine, January 1, 2017.

Felipe Tofani, “As Pinturas de Massinha de Peter Opheim”, Pristina Design Magazine,

October 28, 2016. (Illus. “Boy with Yellow Hair”, plus others)

Staff, “The Bizarre Play-doh World of Peter Opheim”, Juxtapoz Art and Culture

Magazine, October 27, 2016, (Illus. “Yellow Bear with Orange Stripes”, “Woman with

Bees and Worm” plus others)

Adriana Conde, “Las Esculturas Pintadas de Peter Opheim”, Joia Magazine, (Illus.

“Race Car”, “Untitled” (#248), “Untitled” (#221) plus others)

Katie Sweeney, “Coup D’Etat’s Revoluntionary Art Show”, Haute Living, October 2016,

(Illus. “Noble Man with Forest Creatures and Blue Ghost”, “Woman with Bees and

Worm”)

Yvonne Pesquera, DAFA Exhbits “Random Visions”, in Taos, The Taos News,

September 11, 2016. (Illus. “Untitled” (#282))

Anise Stevens, “Peter Opheim”, Artillery Magazine, July/August 2016. (Illus.

“Untitled” (#285))

Evan Smith, “The Guston Effect”, Big Red and Shiny, 31 May 2015.

Cate McQuaid, “Delightfully Unsettling”, The Boston Globe, 31 July 2013. (Illus.

“Untitled” (#207))

Cate McQuaid, “Best shows of 2012 in Boston”, The Boston Globe, 26 December 2012.

Cate McQuaid, “Innocence and Experience”, The Boston Globe, 4 April 2012. (Illus.

“Untitled” (#159))

Steven Zevitas, “12 Must See Paintings Shows: March 2012”, Huffington Post, 7 March

2012. (Ilus. “Untitled” (#153))

Sharon Butler, “Painters at Volta”, Two Coats of Paint Magazine, March 8, 2011, (Illus.

“Untitled” (#107))

Betsy Wills, “’Child’s Play”, Paintings by Peter Opheim”, ArtStormer Magazine, June,

2011. (Illus. various images)

Evan Garza, “Painting Like a Sculptor: In the Studio with Peter Opheim”, New American

Paintings-Blog, 28 February 2011. (Illus. various images)

Cate McQuaid, “Monstrously Provocative Portraits”, The Boston Globe, 9 February

2011. (Illus. “Untitled” (#110)

Staff, “24 Hours of Fame”, The New York Times, 4 February 2010.

Randy Kennedy, “Elevator for Grain, Reinvented for Art”, The New York Times, 28 July

2009.

Kathryn Boughton, “Mill Gets New Lease on Life as an Emerging Arts Space”, Litchfield

County Times, 2 July 2009.

Dan Shaw, “The Wassaic Project Brings Art to the Right Side of the Tracks”, Rural

Intelligence, 30 June 2009.

John Francisco Andreu, “More Modern”, Veranda, April 2009, pp.110, (Illus. Eventually)

Emily Esterson, “Family Friendly”, SuCasa, Summer 2007, pp. 84 – 89, (Illus. Day/

Capture, Mountain/Something)

Betsy Carey, “Colored Layers”, The Taos News, 25 January 2007, (Illus. Day/Capture,

During/Today)

Tom Collins, “Outside Looking Out”, The Albuquerque Journal, 27 October 2006, (Illus.

Mountain/Something)

Catalogues

Peter Opheim Paintings, Coup D’Etat, San Francisco, California, 2016

New American Paintings, The Open Studio Press, Boston, Massachusetts, Number 98,

2012

VOLTA NY, “Life as we know it; Peter Opheim” by Michael Wilson, New York, New York,

2011.

Peter Opheim/Pleasure, Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee, 2005.

United States Embassy Kuwait, Art in Embassies, Bayan, Kuwait, 2004.

CA/T, Contemporary Art Taos, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico, 2003.

Peter Opheim/Occasional, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003.

New American Paintings, The Open Studio Press, Boston, Massachusetts, Number 18,

1998.

SW/96, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1996.

Awards

The New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Arts Council, Fellowship Award for

Sculpture, July 2017.

The Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, New York, October, 1995.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Artists Award, Friends of Contemporary Art, Museum of New

Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 1996.

Selected Public Collections

First National Bank, San Antonio, Texas

Hallmark, Kansas City, Missouri

Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico

Lexus, Bellevue, Washington

Magnolia Hotel, Houston, Texas

Northwest Airlines, Memphis, Tennessee

The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, Ohio

The Purme Foundation, Seoul, Korea

Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Whitney National Bank, Gulfport, Mississippi