It is so refreshing to find someone NOT working with/from photos, someone who goes out with simple tools and tries to translate the world as they see it (unmediated). Peter Ligon has been doing this for years. His body of work consists of paintings , prints and drawings ; the choice of media usually depending on the city. These are not hard rules, but a response given the conditions of the city.
Ink Drawings = Dallas
I talked with Peter this morning about his interest in artists like Hopper (the way he frames the world), Diebenkorn (his embrace of messy material) … I expected these. Other influences include Robert Crumb’s “Urban Landscapes,” the paintings of Maureen Gallace and Lois Dodd … all very different from each other, but all present within his own work.
Peter is working in a very measured way, but enjoying the physicality of materials. He embraces the “mistakes” and spills of material, while at the same time really trying to observe visual relationships as accurately as possible. His work is not overly “rendered,” but rather open to developments of thought.