By Janice Malone
An impressive collection by artist legend, Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the Rymer Gallery here in Nashville this weekend, November 17 ( 6 – 9 pm) and November18th (1 – 4pm).The Rymer Gallery 233 5th Avenue North www.rymergallery.com Max’s appearances are open to the public, with Meet the Artist receptions on both days. Peter will be unveiling his extraordinary new Masters series, interpretive works of Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, Pablo Picasso, Renoir, and Edgar Degas, conceived in Max’s signature style and colors. In addition, Max will be exhibiting his images of two of Taylor Swift’s album covers, Grammy Awards, guitars and the Nashville skyline. With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide, Peter Max and his vibrant colors have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture. Max has been successively called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist and the United States “Painter Laureate.”
The artist has had the distinct honor of painting the last seven Presidents of the United States. In 2009 he created his world famous 44 portraits piece of President Obama, to represent his election as the 44th U.S. president. During his Nashville visit there will also be presentations of his numerous celebrity portraitures, as Peter Max is revered for his celebrity commissions and portraits.
Earlier this year, the Norwegian Cruise Line revealed Norwegian Breakaway’s signature hull artwork designed by the pop icon. This is the first time Norwegian has commissioned a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of its ships. Launching in April 2013, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest ship to homeport in New York City year-round. Max’s signature artwork will cover approximately 40,000 square feet of Norwegian Breakaway’s hull.
The world famous artist’s masterful work has conquered just about every area of pop culture over the last four decades. But it seems that Peter is not about to think about retiring. Next year he will be launching a new phase of his career when he enters the film industry. He says, “I’m now collecting music for use in seven animated films,” reveals Max from his New York City studio/gallery.
“I’ve listened to 9,200 songs in the last 11 months, using 23 I-Pods. I listened to a variety of genres, ranging from jazz, pop, fusion jazz, classical, Big Band music, hip hop, just music from almost every decade. From that set of songs, I will break the number down to about 2,800 songs. My plans are to do a series of animated films featuring my art and music. This is a dream I’ve wanted to do since I was a teenager. I’ve got some of the largest film companies in the business who want to work with me on this. The animated films will feature some celebrity voiceovers and each of them will have a different theme. One of those themes will be a film about the cosmos and the beauty of the universe and galaxies. I’ve always had a fascination and love for astronomy since I was a child. Even when I was in my twenties still I wanted to be an astronomer. And then I went to art school but I still loved the cosmos, so I started drawing planets, stars and spaceships.”
The art of Peter Max has been featured on jumbo jet airplanes, cruise ships, famous buildings, and so many areas of pop culture. Could NASA be his next artistic challenge to use his colorful artwork on any new space crafts? Peter welcomes the challenge if the idea should ever come to fruition. “That’s a good idea that NASA puts my art on a space shuttle. They would love it and I would love it too!”