Josh Peters

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: Altadena, CA

In my work, I attempt to harness the tension between opposing forces, from the conscious and the unconscious to the accidental and the very deliberate. I often start the paintings by wetting and painting the back of a canvas or linen (so that the paint seeps through to what will become the front) and then inserting additional elements and textures. In this way, a great sense of unpredictability unfolds, enabling an amalgamation of naked process and careful planning.

The paintings are frozen in the act of becoming. At its genesis, a painting has a very powerful and unique energy. I hope to capture this and to put it into perfect, weightless balance. The aim is to carve out an evocative region in that particular and peculiar dimension: “painted space.”