May 2014 For Immediate Release
Peter Zokosky: Unsettled: Portraits by Peter Zokosky
Exhibition dates: June 28 – July 26, 2014
Reception for the artist: Saturday, June 28th, 5pm-7pm.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce its third exhibition with artist Peter Zokosky featuring works from “Unsettled: Portraits by Peter Zokosky”.
Peter Zokosky, a seasoned artist for more than three decades, unveils a suite of curious intimate paintings from a recurring cast of characters: the wonder of newborns and the mystique of puppets, specifically the ventriloquist doll.
Zokosky continually returns to portraiture. In his own version the subjects are selected because they embody a sense of mystery. They are both beautiful and unsettling. Infants, monkeys, clowns, and ventriloquist dummies are his muses. They seem to exist outside of the confines of certainty, as if we are not sure of the proper way to look at them. He does not seek to clarify and codify, instead, he embraces the uncertainty. Zokosky’s paintings balance the complexities of the human condition. He expresses the absurd and the sublime, the tragic and the heroic, the engaged and the detached, the earthly and ethereal. The oil paintings are contemplative, still, engaging, and a bit disturbing. Mindful of the folly, and propelled by genuine awe, he examines subjects we don’t fully understand. Zokosky’s audience knows that if they don’t quite get it, they got it.
The artist’s consummate skill and utter sincerity for his subjects remains steadfast in this latest series. Reflective of historic portraits of kings, archbishops and princes, Zokosky’s paintings embody the same sense of reverence, as he is quite serious about his subjects. In past installations, Zokosky painted distinguished primate portraits with the sensitivity and fondness as distant relatives imbued with unique characteristics and formidable self-determination. In this new body of work, Zokosky explores subjects imbued with much potential and no autonomy. The infants and ventriloquist figures express a nascent identity, seeking a sort of completion from the viewer.
In the artist’s words –
“I understand that my paintings can seem quirky. I never set out to make them that way, they are not meant to be strange for the sake of being strange, they just deal with things I find fascinating, things I want to explore. It comes from an internal place, and I want to see those things exist in the outer world.”
Peter Zokosky lives and works in Long Beach, CA. He earned his B.A. from the University of California in Riverside, CA and his M.F.A. from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally with pieces placed in many prominent collections including the Long Beach Museum of Art; The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM; Eli Broad Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA; Chemical Bank of New York, and most recently the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Bermuda. Zokosky is also a regular guest instructor for the “Drawing From the Masters” series at The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA.
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