Peter Sims is a critically acclaimed and celebrated artist known for his minimal, abstract paintings. His works embody a passion for color and a clean eye for design, and he combines these elements in simple juxtapositions creating striking minimalist canvases.
These abstract works are the result of a spontaneity of process. According to Sims: “My approach to painting is direct. No sketches, no ideas. I go into the studio with the feeling that anything can happen. A new painting usually starts with the paint left over from the last. I work on several paintings at once. This is analogous with free improvisational music. The trick is knowing when to stop. This requires that you ‘listen’ and pay close attention. It is no exaggeration to say that your painting is looking at, and speaking to you, just as you are returning its gaze.”
Spanning 40 years, his zen-like works were created first in London, then in New York, Cape Cod and California where he kept a studio in Los Angeles in addition to commuting to Ojai to be with his son, Jasper and his mother Artist Sooz Glazebrook.
In Los Angeles, his work garnered attention and acclaim via the Los Angeles County Museum, Solway Jones Gallery and Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art.
To quote Art Critic David Pagel via the Los Angeles Times in 2011: “Sims works slowly, smoothly slathering on various mixtures of homemade acrylics with wide palette knives, letting them dry and then tidily applying more – or jumping the gun and letting layers run together like partially controlled meltdowns. Texture and working-class physicality take potent form in Peter Sim’s new paintings. Too loopy and goofy to care about looking smart, these wonderful disheveled and sublimely flat-footed abstractions show that it’s possible to be smart about history without making art that looks like its stuck in the past. Both playful and labor-intensive, the 57 year-old’s panels look like they come from the future.”
Gallery 525 will be hosting a show of his life works May 4 – 27, 2017 with an Opening Reception on Friday, May 12th from 5 - 8pm. Peter Sims Life in Painting will highlight paintings from his early works to his the most recent painting before his unexpected passing in 2015.