Street art, graffiti, and other non-traditional art are making their way into more “traditional” art forms every day. They become a poignant statement when compositionally placed with symbols of innocence, which in the works of Kevin Peterson are beautiful, round-cheeked, children.
Peterson describes his work as being “about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world.” His work deals with isolation, loneliness and longing teamed with a level of optimistic hope. Especially in these financially strained and therefore stressful times such as these I really feel that it’s an artist’s job to bring these emotions into the light, to enable people to understand they are not alone and that beauty can come out of such hardship. Though the grit and the grime always remain in the background of Peterson’s paintings it’s always the children, his symbols of innocence and hope, that shine through. I applaud you Kevin Peterson, not only for your ability to create truly beautiful paintings but for the strength of your artistic voice and your drive to share it with the world.
-Gabbi, Temptu Creative