Ruled by Children, Kevin Peterson’s Paintings Find Hope Among Environmental Collapse


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September 7, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Steady” (2022, oil on cradled wood panel, 36 × 24 inches. All photographs © Kevin Peterson, shared with authorization

Houston-centered artist Kevin Peterson (beforehand) carries on to translate the uncertainty of today’s planet into dystopian is effective with equivalent quantities despair and optimism. Scenes brimming with squander content and city decay locate boundless confidence and lifetime in little ones, who unflinchingly nuzzle up to polar bears or stability atop a crumbling brick wall. Presenting hope in the experience of local climate catastrophe and economic collapse, Peterson’s oil paintings are deeply personal, sometimes reflecting his have son and daughter as subjects. The artists tells Colossal:

I hope the coming generations are wiser, a lot more empathetic, much more courageous.  When I’m seeing my youngsters, I’m generally projecting my possess insecurities and fears onto them, assuming they will go through from my individual deficiencies. I can not notify you how enthusiastic I sense when I see them diverge from these qualities, and I notice they are not me. They are superior than me in so a lot of strategies, and that is what anchors my hope for them and the long run.

Numerous of Peterson’s will work revealed in this article are on view by way of September 24 at Thinkspace Initiatives in Los Angeles, which also has a couple of prints available. You can also follow his forward-wanting observe on Instagram.


“Cove” (2022), oil on cradled wood panel, 24 × 18 inches

“Stay,” oil on panel, 28 x 28 inches

“Fellowship” (2022), oil on cradled wood panel, 32 × 24 inches

“Company” (2022), oil on cradled wooden panel, 32 × 24 inches

“Fall” (2022), oil on cradled wooden panel, 20 × 16 inches

#Kevin Peterson
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