Peter Saul

Posted by Fabio 21 June 2010

Peter Saul is an American painter born in 1934 which work solidly spans across Pop Art, Figurative Art to Expressionism. Saul was born in San Francisco, California, and studied at the California School of Fine Arts from 1950 to 1952, and at Washington University from 1952 to 1956, before traveling to Europe, where he remained until 1962.

Ching Chong (LBJ)
1968, mixed media on board, 37 x 32 inches

Saul was inspired equally by comic books as he was by the Surrealists and remained an unrelenting critic of various aspects of American culture. In the 1960s, Peter Saul was associated with a group of imagists in Chicago called the “Hairy Who” that disavowed the various New York styles or schools of the moment. Instead they focused on the human image, conflated elements of high and low culture, were extremely anti-authoritative and promoted a particularly intense political critique.

De Kooning’s Woman Riding a Bicycle 1977, acrylic on board, 40 x 30 inches

Ronald Reagan 1984, acrylic and colored pencil on paper, 44 x 30 inches

Cold Sweat 1999, acrylic on canvas, 55 1/8 x 66 7/8 inches

Man Looking for a Bathroom 2000, acrylic on canvas, 62 1/2 x 66 1/2 inches

Self-Portrait as a Woman 2006, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 102 inches

Squeeze Pimple? 2009, acrylic on canvas, 59 x 59 inches

A Woman’s Body is like a Violin 2009, acrylic, colored pencil and marker on paper, 23 x 29 inches

Peter Saul