Peter Saul

Peter Saul (1934, San Francisco, USA). Lives and works in New York.

Peter Saul is considered as one of the fathers of Pop Art and a successor to Surrealism. He is known for his colorful and cartoonish paintings which satirize American culture. Saul can also be described as one of the most important points of origin of a lively political incorrectness that has flourished in USA under artists as diverse as Sue Williams, Kara Walker, Robert Melee and Carroll Dunham.

Merging ideas central to Surrealism and Pop Art, Saul’s works are at once authoritative and powerful, though they often employ an attenuated caricature of mundane objects.

If we think about behavior as the way in which natural phenomenon function and how humans act in response to situations or stimuli, then human nature in Saul’s works takes the form of satire, irony, and bad taste seen through acrid color and gesture.

His use of childlike marks and clashing colors are meant to both disturb and engage the viewer. And yet, despite the display of pictorial irreverence, the paintings are grounded in working knowledge of art history, laying the foundation for sophisticated and powerful dialogues between stylistic formal considerations, political ideas, and autobiographical detail.

Saul continues to shock viewer with his complex compositions, grotesque imagery, and controversial takes on subjects ranging from Donald Duck to O. J. Simpson. His manipulation of forms is both fluid and sculptural: a wildly imaginative synthesis of Salvador Dali’s melting and rubbery forms and Willem de Kooning’s savagely comic, figural distortions.

Works by Peter Saul are found in the collections of leading museums around the world including: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago), Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA, Los Angeles), Museum Ludwig (Köln), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, New York).

Peter Saul

  • Peter Saul - Return to the Alamo

    Return to the Alamo
    2017
    Acrylic / canvas
    198 X 305 cm

    Exhibitions
    Naturally Naked. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Aug-Dec 2019
    Peter Saul. Fake News. Mary Boone Gallery, NY. 9 Sept - 4 Nov 2017

  • Peter Saul - Here Comes the Garbage

    Here Comes the Garbage
    2012
    Acrylic on canvas
    183 x 213 cm

    Exhibitions
    “Peter Saul”. MARY BOONE GALLERY, New York, 24 March - 28 April 2012
    “Peter Saul: Neptune and the Octopus Painter”.VENEKLASEN WERNER GALLERY, Berlin, 27 April - 29 June 2013

  • Peter Saul - Wall Street Suicide

    Wall Street Suicide
    2012
    Acrylic on canvas
    178 x 152 cm (70 x 60 inches)

    Exhibitions
    Peter Saul: Neptune and the Octopus Painter. Veneklasen Werner gallery, Berlin, Germany.
    27.04.2013 - 29.06.2013
    Mystifiers. NCCA, Moscow, Russia. 12.02.2016 - 20.03.2016
    Peter Saul: You Better Call Saul. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
    22.04.2016 –31.08.2016

  • Peter Saul - Didn’t Hurt

    Didn’t Hurt
    1998
    Acrylic oil on canvas
    118 x 89 cm

    Exhibitions
    'Peahead: Ackermann, Altoon, Brown, Dorland, Dubuffet, Fox, Saul, Snyder, Williams', FRANKLIN PARRASCH GALLERY, New York, 9 September-11 October 2014

    Publications
    Catalogue 'Peter Saul. You Better Call Saul', Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2016, page 78

  • Peter Saul - Woman Drinking Martini

    Woman Drinking Martini
    2009
    Acrylic oil on canvas
    118 x 89 cm

    Exhibitions
    Peter Saul. Praz-Delavallade gallery, Paris, 10.10. - 07.11.2009
    Pretty on the Inside. Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York. NY, USA. 23.06 - 17.09.2011
    Far Out! Marlborough Chelsea, New York. NY, USA. 22.02 - 22.03.2014
    Mystifiers. NCCA, Moscow, 12.02.2016 - 20.03.2016

    Publications
    Catalog “Mystifiers”. NCCA, Moscow, 2016 pages 9, 13, 77
    Catalog “Peter Saul. You Better Call Saul”. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2016 page 79