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Peter Kephart: Setting the World on Fire, One Painting at a Time 

 

 PRESS RELEASE       

IN THE WASHINGTON POST

From its primeval origins to the present day, fire has forged the foundations of our existence. The singular ability of humankind to harness and control this phenomena marks one of the greatest discoveries in human history, and this discovery began a distinct epoch of evolution through its far-reaching effects. From biological and physiological development to instinctive reaction to stimuli, fire has served as a utilitarian and an expressive medium, and occasionally as both. In the past one million years, we have applied this resource in every conceivable way, to cook, light, and heat, and even to manage the land. We have employed fire in war and in peace, in bombs and bonfires, in power and propulsion, in refining, and in smelting and smithing metals. Fire has been utilized in ceremony and religious rites, in romance and entertainment, in sculpting and in every other destructive or creative application contrived by our considerable imaginations. Today, fire is used by nearly every human inhabitant of earth. More than any other element, fire has forged our world.

Fine artist Peter Kephart has applied this universal medium in a way never imagined. For the past decade, Kephart has combined the four fundamental elements of fire, water, earth, and wind on paper to create artworks of unprecedented beauty and emotive power. These bold, burned Firepaintings will astonish you with their diversity, their tangible energy, and their luminous and supremely organic nature. Forged directly over the ember bed of a raging bonfire, Kephart’s Fireworks brand the paper and fuse permanently with its cotton fibers. This singular technique results in dramatic and dynamic paintings which range widely in style, from abstract naturals to intensely colored, remarkably detailed landscapes. With Firepainting, Kephart has forged a new aesthetic unlike anything seen before. These museum-quality, award-winning, critically acclaimed, internationally exhibited and increasingly collected artworks are as universally appealing as fire itself. Peter Kephart has single-handedly reinvented the time-honored art of landscape painting, and has created an entirely new world of expressive possibilities.

Mark Jenkins of the Washington Post calls them “complex and robust, striking and arresting.” Mona Molarsky of Art News magazine calls them “arresting, vibrant, bold and colorful.” These compelling images reflect the artist’s vision of a warmer environment. They are infused with kinetic motion, glowing light, and the unmistakable vestiges of a crackling blaze. Each of these artworks is truly unique. None can be reproduced or repeated. The Firepaintings of this art-historical figure captivate the mind and spirit of the viewer. They must be seen to be believed. Even so, you will call them unbelievable. They represent the very nature of painting.

Peter Kephart is the planet’s only Firepainter, and he’s setting the world on fire, one painting at a time. Come see these historic, contemporary artworks at Zenith Gallery. And prepare to be amazed. You’ve never seen paintings like these.

Zenith Gallery is proud to present this fourth solo exhibit of the Fireworks of Peter Kephart….details….call to action etc.

(All dimensions are framed sizes)

 


A Bend in the River

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
31" x 36"

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A Little Rare Earth, A Little Well Done

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
24" x 32"
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A New Day

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
50" x 28"
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A Noticeable Difference in My Environment

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
40" x 50"
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A Red Dragon Squall

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
32" x 40"
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Abstract Natural #2

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
40" x 32"
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Abstract Natural #3

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
40" x 32"
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Abstract Natural #4

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
40" x 32"
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Abstract Natural #5

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
40" x 32"
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Abstract Natural #6

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
32" x 40"

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Abstract Natural #7

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
40" x 50"
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Carbon Clouds at Heat Rise

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
36" x48"
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Dominican Sunset #9
Bonfire, water, and mixed media on cotton Pulp
32” x 20”

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Dominican Sunset #10
Bonfire, water, and mixed media on cotton Pulp
28” x 17”

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Dominican Sunset #13
Bonfire, water, and mixed media on cotton Pulp
27” x 24”

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Dominican Sunset #11
Bonfire, water, and mixed media on cotton Pulp
32” x 18”

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Dominican Sunset #16
Bonfire, water, and mixed media on cotton Pulp
28” x 30”

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Erratic with Lyrical String Clouds
Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
38" x 45"
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Evidence of Warming Along the Coast

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
40" x 50"
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Fire in the Burnt Hills
Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
23” x 48”
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Fire in the Sky

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
30" x 25"
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Heat Stimulating the Brain

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
40" x 32"
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In the Shadow of a Sun
Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
38" x 30

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Land of the Rising Sun
Fire, watercolor, pastel on cotton rag paper
40" x 50"
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Leaves Falling on Water

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
48" x 27"
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Little Cool on the Warmer Side
Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
32" x 37"
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Minor Heat Stroke
Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
26” x 28”
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New Man in a Changed Land

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
38" x 31"
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On Muddy Creek
Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
25" x 32"
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Out Near the End of Verdant

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
29" x 24"
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Red Hills
Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
25" x 32"
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Reflecting Pools
Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
68” x 22”
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The Light of Day

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
27" x 22"
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Thermal Breakdown

Bonfire, water(color), pastel on cotton rag paper
29" x 39"

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