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Peter Nisbet (b. 1948)  Artworks >>

Peter Allen Nisbet began painting at the age of ten. After graduation from the University of North Carolina, he served four years in the U. S. Navy, including a ten-month tour of duty in Vietnam. During that time the secretary of the Navy appointed him to serve as Director of Art Services. After leaving the service in 1974, Nisbet worked as a freelance commercial artist, providing graphic design and illustration to over 25 national organizations. In 1980 he abandoned commercial art for a painting career, moving to the Southwest. He has worked in numerous locations throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and California, drawing inspiration from varied landscapes and creating work, which is linked to the painting tradition of 19th century American and European masters. Painting and exploration are important to this artist, as his 1996 journey to Antarctica indicates. Nisbet was selected by the National Science Foundation to paint the ice continent, where his travels included spending a week at the South Pole. He has also been commissioned to do paintings for NASA's art collection, images that have been prominently featured as a part of NASA's promotional efforts.For Nisbet, paintings are a spiritual pursuit. He seeks out places and circumstances in the land and sky to support emotional and intellectual concerns. His paintings emphasize a deeply held belief that the world and all within it are sacred, a belief which is similar to Native American spirituality. Nisbet's painting language is deeply rooted in the past, since he believes that the highest standard of excellence for painting occurred before the onset of the twentieth century. To quote Donald Hagerty, author of "Leading the West", Nisbet "portrays the ragged slash of the Rio Grande River that bisects New Mexico's Taos Valley with transparent, atmospheric light and spiritual force, an image worthy of Frederick Church or Albert Bierstadt." Reference:

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