February 22nd – April 28th, 2018
Please Join us on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm for a special reception & artist’s talk with Lennie Peterson in honor of Jazz Appreciation month!
The talk begins promptly at 7pm
The original artwork is 6 feet high on paper or canvas with all details hand-drawn in pen, brush, ink, and oils. The artwork presented here is photographed then reproduced, in its original size, onto gator board via the giclee printing process.
Peterson says, “Each compositional element of my portraits serves a distinct purpose. I draw half of my subject’s face, symbolizing my belief that we can only know a part of the make up of such great musical minds. The color selected for the background represents the composer’s essence or nature, and the geometric shapes represent musical structure.”
Once inside the basic physical form of the portrait, viewers are able to see and take interest in the details and make up of the whole. As Peterson states, “Much like getting to know a person.”
Repeated visits to the image will allow new and interesting details not experienced before.
“I compare the creative process of my original artwork to that of a jazz musician. The art is improvised and spontaneous once a basic outline is established. It is similar to a jazz musician able to improvise freely and spontaneously within a given form and framework of chord structures.”
Lennie Peterson has traveled the world several times dedicating his life to visual art, music, and Arts education.
Lennie has worked and performed with a variety of artists including Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love, Sarah Brightman, Noel Gallagher (former front man for “Oasis”), and Billy Gilman (“The Voice”). He is currently trombonist and multi-instrumentalist with the New England based world music group, Entrain.
Lennie’s award-winning artwork has been purchased throughout the world and featured in exhibitions around the United States including solo exhibitions at Harvard University, The Boston Convention Center, and in New York City and Los Angeles. His composer portraits are included in art collections in Japan, Wales, Argentina, and throughout the United States.
His illustrations have been featured in publications and web sites internationally.
“The Big Picture”, Peterson’s nationally syndicated daily comic strip, appeared in more than 100 newspapers and was published as a book collection by Andrews/McMeel Publishing. It is currently running as a daily feature on the sydicate’s website, www.GoComics.com. In addition, he has written and illustrated over a dozen humor and children’s books.
Lennie has also served as Co-Creative Director and consultant for Bose Corporation for various custom projects. This included the overseeing and management of script writing, conducting, composing, producing, animation, recording, and educational aspects of Bose music and film. He was Co-Producer and Co-Creative Director for the film, “Musically Speaking”, developed for public schools world-wide to teach children the appreciation and life enhancing values of music. Other clients include EMC corporation, Colubris, Stratus Technologies and, most recently, Ford Motor Company.
Lennie was born in Central Massachusetts, his father a musician and his late mother a visual artist. When he is not traveling, he resides in a seaside community on the South Shore of Boston, MA.
He is currently working on his next book, based on his “Seven Laws of Creative Genius” public speaking program.
**All artwork for sale, please call Amazing Things for prices: 508-405-2787. A portion of proceeds go to our Galleries, but the majority goes to supporting local artists like Lennie Peterson!
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsor!
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ashland, Hollison, & Natick Cultural Councils, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency