Inspiration in its purest form comes from nature and great artist must find unique and inspiring ways to share their interpretation of the world around them. Introducing Peter Bynum. We first spied Peter's work on display in the Mansion in May 2012 showhouse and it was definitely the most alluring, visually stunning and unique focal point in any of the 40+ rooms. Why? It was an illuminated, back-lit, glass-painted work of art and it radiated beauty.
Peter, a former creative director in NYC, decided to take his background in philosophy, aesthetics, ideology, and epistemology to his art studio on the banks of the Hudson River in Upstate New York and examine the natural properties of paint. When working with paint on clear surfaces (first plexiglass and then glass), he found it unvieled its natural, organic structure that includes a branching property. He tossed, splattered, dropped, dribbled, squished and mashed paint onto the glass surfaces and let it embrace its natural tendencies. He then mounted between one to six painted panes of glass one in front of the other and threw in illumination via light. The backlight, that is customizable with a dimmer, make his works of art "breathe light" and "transcend their physical properties, appearing soft, organic, and ephemeral" when viewed from a distance (Dede Young, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art). The outcome is truly a beauty to behold.
We spoke with Peter to find out more about what inspires him and what museums and galleries he frequents as well as some other illuminating questions as to what creatively makes Peter tick.