Paintings and Drawings

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Bioluminous Avenue, 19 1/2 x 25 3/4", Gouache on paper,1962, signed l/r and signed and dated u/l Ceremonial Gathering, Mexico, 6 x 8 1/4", Graphite on paper, c.1935, signed l/r Dream Ride, 11 x 18", Mixed media on paper, c.1970, signed l/r
First Peabody, 11 x 14", Pencil on paper, 1982, signed l/r-m Seashell, Waves, 40 x 60", Oil and marble dust on canvas,1963, signed and dated l/r Galloping Bull, 9 x 12", Pen on paper, c.1980, signed l/r
Santa Monica, 15 x 18", Mixed media on paper, 1965, signed and dated l/r Osseous View, 18 x 48", Oil on masonite, c.1985, signed l/r Rhythm And Blues, 48 x 48", Oil on canvas, c.1965, signed l/m
  Man In Motion, 9 1/2 x 7 3/4", Gouache on paper, c.1980, signed l/m/r  

This show of paintings and drawings by former San Francisco artist Channing Peake (1910-1989) includes work from the 1930s to the 1980s, representing 50 years of the artist’s career. Alexander Fried, Art Editor of the San Francisco Examiner, wrote in a 1959 article: “He [Peake] has moved now to San Francisco, painting with new fury in a North Beach studio once frequented by Stackpole, Matisse and Rivera. Art is flowering everywhere, says Peake, but the Renaissance will be here. ‘Paris and New York have had their day. San Francisco is next.’ ”

Peake received a scholarship in 1928 to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He finished two years there, then spent two years at the Santa Barbara School of Fine Arts. As a young man he traveled to Mexico where he worked with Diego Rivera on frescoes at the National Palace in Mexico City. He enrolled at the Art Students League in New York City in 1936. He studied there with Rico Lebrun and assisted him from 1936-1938 on a WPA mural for Pennsylvania Station. He returned to the Santa Barbara area in 1939.

Known as a colorist, he experimented with a variety of painting techniques that he infused with a special sense of the intricate relationship between color and form. Nature was his inspiration: plants and animals, rocks, bones and leaves, clouds and tide-pools were some of his subjects. Even in paintings of man-made objects, such as a series of farm implements, the resulting works have a biomorphic feel. Peake had an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1950 and San Francisco’s M.H. de Young Museum in 1957.

Channing Peake’s life and work embodied a personal, poetic spirit and we are pleased to present this exhibition.

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