Peter Conze is focused on creating work that resonates with its audience in an essential, human manner. His abstract sculptures may resemble animals or other recognizable objects, but he intentionally creates some incomplete or incorrect elements, inviting the subconscious to fill in what is perceived to be missing. In this manner he enables a unique and instinctive response from the viewer.
Peter's sculpture combines stainless steel elements with flat or rolled aluminum sheets. He welds and machines the stainless steel parts to create the framework of his structures and he cuts and shapes the aluminum pieces to create volume. Peter is interested in the permanence of the metal and the flexibility it offers. Peter has a dialog with the metal, similar to that of clay sculptor, in that he adds, subtracts, and modifies it continuously to achieve his desired result.
Much of Peter's work is finished with bold and durable powder-coated paint. His coffee table sized works serve as proofs for larger outdoor versions. Peter grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Manhattan and San Francisco. He now lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
1999 Master of Fine Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1993 Bachelor of Arts, Sculpture, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
2016 Jupiter Island JIAC Art Show, Jupiter Island, FL
2015 Jupiter Island JIAC Art Show, Jupiter Island, FL
2014 Jupiter Island JIAC Art Show, Jupiter Island, FL
2014 Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Bellevue, WA
2014 Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2013 Jupiter Island JIAC Art Show, Jupiter Island, FL
2013 Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Bellevue, WA
2013 Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2012 Jupiter Island JIAC Art Show, Jupiter Island, FL
2012 Artist Trust Benefit Auction Donor (juried), Seattle, WA
2010 Flamingo featured in Elle Decor Magazine, September 2010