Roland Petersen
Sunlighted Figures
Limited edition etching 16/25
Image size: 15.5 X 15.5
Framed size: 24 X 22.75

Roland Petersen Biography

Roland Petersen is an American painter and print-maker of Danish birth.

Petersen was born in Endelave, Denmark in 1926. He studied at University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of Arts and Crafts, Atelier 17 (with Stanley Hayter), Islington Studio, London, the Print Workshop, London, and the Hans Hofmann School. He taught painting at Washington State University, printmaking at UC Berkeley, and painting and printmaking at UC Davis. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship.

In March 2010 Petersen’s work was the subject of a major retrospective (“Roland Petersen: 50 Years of Painting”) held at the Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, California. Petersen, his daughter, and his wife, the photographer Caryl Ritter, were present.

Petersen has a very distinctive and recognizable style of printmaking. He works in color intaglio, which is a category of printmaking techniques including etching, drypoint and engraving. Intaglio means that the image is incised into the plate. Petersen uses this technique to achieve a variety of textures within each image, as well as multiple colors. The colors are bright and garish, and the effect of many of his prints is that of a photo negative, or an infrared photo. He makes use of patterns to throw the untextured areas into higher relief, for patterning reduces the intensity of color, much like newspaper photographs employ different densities of black dots to form a grayscale image. Petersen also uses complementary colors to set off forms. He tends to abstract the forms, and reduce them to geometric shapes, however they are usually still recognizable. There is a slight hint of influence from Oriental woodcuts.

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Roland Petersen, Sunlighted Figures

Roland Petersen
Sunlighted Figures
Limited edition etching 16/25
Image size: 15.5 X 15.5
Framed size: 24 X 22.75

Roland Petersen, A Generator, Shasta Dam, 1970

Roland Petersen
A Generator, Shasta Dam, 1970
Viscosity etching
19 X 15

Roland Petersen, Summer’s Figure

Roland Petersen
Summer’s Figure
Viscosity etching
Image size: 19 X 23

Roland Petersen, Study For A Sunbather, 1993

Roland Petersen
Study For A Sunbather, 1993
Image size: 12 X 9
Framed size: 21 X 18

Roland Petersen, A Cantilevered Eclipse #2, AP, 1970

Roland Petersen
A Cantilevered Eclipse #2 AP, 1970
Viscosity Print
Image size: 13 X 16
Framed size: 24 X 25

Roland Petersen, Fall Picnic, 1970

Roland Petersen
Fall Picnic, 1970
Viscosity etching
Image size: 18.75 x 23
Framed size: 28.75 x 32
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Image size: 5.5 X 5.5
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E.G. Starr, Unknown

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Image size: 14.5 X 20.75
Framed size: 23 X 29.25

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Unknown, 1973
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Image size: 20 X 14
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Image size: 19.5 X 19.5
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