Peter Gronquist is showing new and signature work at 1AM SF gallery from April 17th to May 29th. His opening party will be on April 17th from 7-10pm. Come on through and be amazed by his controversial and highly opinionated sculptures and paintings.
To get to know Peter better, I got warm and cozy with him and asked thought-provoking questions about his fabulous art.
What is your inspiration for your art?
I don’t really know. I guess I usually just paint what pops into my head. Sometimes its funny, sometimes it’s weird. My work usually involves naked girls, cartoon monsters, gold, dead animals and guns. I guess, I’m basically inspired by all things awesome and American.
How did it all begin?
I’ve been painting since I can remember, my mom had me on watercolors before I could talk. So, thanks mom!
What training have you had to bring you to this point in your career?
I went to SVA for a couple of years and then graduated with a painting degree from SFAI. I’m totally tainted.
Who is your favorite artist?
That’s hard. It changes so much, I’ve always liked Rembrandt (awesome cliché)… lately, I’ve been digging a lot of Murakami. I’ve also always really dug Gottfried Helnwein. I’m liking Jeff Soto and Greg Simkins right now too. I guess I can’t really say one artist.
Are there any rising talents that you are excited about?
There are so many… I think the Bay and LA are really producing so much talent right now, I wouldn’t even know where to start.
How has married life impacted your artwork?
I don’t think that it has that much, because we were basically married before we were married. I will say that my wife seriously keeps me on top of my game…there’s no half-assing it around her, and since my studio is in our dining room, she sees any mistakes that I make, which I actually appreciate. She makes me want to make things better.
What should we expect from Peter Gronquist in the next 5 years?
Probably tons more paintings and sculptures. I’m also seeing how many cease and desist letters I can get from major corporations, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m really trying to get my $35 membership to the California Lawyers for the Arts to earn it’s keep.
What is going to set this solo show at 1AM apart from your past shows?
I’m putting a lot of work into making a ton of new shit for this show, trying to push my boundaries a little. I’m also going to be offering affordable things.
Any teasers to give out to your followers about your new work?
Gun antlers, Mickey Mouse Jesus, Jackalopes with uzis, and of course, boobies…