YOUNGSTOWN, OH.- The Butler Institute of American Art
, located in Youngstown, has acquired two monumental works by photorealist painter Peter Maier.
The paintings are titled Horse-Power (Ben) and Madison Avenue at Speed. The former is a 9 x 11.5 foot masterwork first exhibited at the Butler in September, 2013. The portrait of the Budweiser Clydesdale, was painted with automotive paint
(DuPont CROMAX-AT) on fabricated black aluminum panel, and was completed in 2011. The latter (seond left) is on view in the Butlers Donnell Sports Gallery and depicts Jeff Gordons racing car in its actual size.
Butler Director Dr. Louis Zona stated, Peter Maier is one of the greatest living realist painters using modern day technology; he has extended the traditions of realist masters Vermeer and Rembrandt, and the American legends Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins and Edward Hopper. His work stops us in our tracks, engaging the viewer in wonder and awe. We are honored to have acquired these two monumental works.
Peter Maier, born in 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, is the son of immigrants. He grew up in a multi-ethnic environment; from his earliest memories, art was his driving passion. At age 18, Pete was selected to work on the sculpture for the 1964 New York Worlds Fair. After serving in Vietnam, Maier went to work for GM during that companys heyday. (His imprint can be found on a number of their classic designs.) During these years, the young prodigy rose to the level of senior designer, yet his passion for creating art drove him to the fine art world. With his maverick approach, he forged a new pathway in realist painting.
Away from the mainstream of the art world, in a studio in rural Buck Hill Falls, Peter Maier has quietly worked at revolutionizing American Realism. He combines innate artistic genius with the development of a selfgenerated, groundbreaking technique that blurs realism with reality, making his larger than life paintings startling in their presence and their vision.