Author: Peter Shire
Title: Fantasies Imaginings Drawings Sculptures The Creative Synapse
Publisher: Tobey C. Moss Gallery (2006)
Paperback: 53 pages
Limited edition of 500
Signed by the artist
This signed edition of Peter Shire Fantasies Imaginings Drawings Sculptures The Creative Synapse was created in conjunction with the November 2006 exhibition at the Tobey C. Moss Gallery.
"Peter Shire’s playful, colorful art reflects his native southern California. Born and raised in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, where he still lives and works, he is noted for his bright geometric teapots, sculptures, and furniture. Shire was one of the few Americans invited to join noted Italian Ettore Sottsass and his Memphis Group, working in Milan in the 1980’s producing furniture, glass, ceramics, and fabrics that reflected the popular culture rather than the academic one. In Italy Shire was exposed to a variety of new media and he has continued to embrace and incorporate both the materials and the processes in his work. While his work pushes the limits of both ideas and execution, he is devoted to craftsmanship and is firm in his belief that everyday objects must be appealing to the eye as well as useful. Shire has worked primarily as a studio artist since his graduation from Chouinard Art Institute. In addition to work produced for galleries and widely collected by both private and public collectors, he has received a number of public commissions for both tile murals and large sculptures. Lesser known, but more personal and poignant, Shire has, since 1970, been making an artistic memory of his native Echo Park: a series of clay slabs painted with ceramic glazes which are primarily portraits of the people who have lived and worked in this small pocket of the world."