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Peter Rogers

Dec 7, 2018 - Jan 12, 2019

Santa Fe

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Press Release

Contact: Evan Feldman, Director

Phone: (505) 954-5738

Email: efeldman@gpgallery.com

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10-5PM

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, is please to present an early winter exhibition of paintings of the late Peter Rogers (1933-2018).  A prolific artist in New Mexico for more than forty years, Rogers was a steady force behind the creative spirit of the southwest.

Born in London in 1933, Rogers studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and was a member of the prominent Royal Society of British Artists. In 1962, after years of exhibitions and positions with the Royal Society, Rogers cut ties with the group and moved to Spain. There he met Carol Hurd, daughter of beloved American artists Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth and granddaughter of famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth. The two would marry and return to the states where they settled in San Patricio, New Mexico.

Following in the footsteps of his in-laws, Rogers made a living painting commissions and portraits. The most recognized of these being Rogers’s 1964 mural “Texas Moves Toward Statehood” which adorns the lobby of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library in Austin, and for which Rogers earned the title of Honorary Citizen of Texas.

However, the great driving force of Rogers’s life was his deeply felt sense of spirituality. Likened to the work and writings of William Blake, Rogers sought enlightenment through his art. For forty years, Rogers pursued his quest developing his largest and most important body of work. Allegorical in nature, Rogers’s paintings from his series, aptly named “Artist’s Quest”, reflect the artist’s exploration of the connection between the spiritual and material worlds. This exhibition will present the last twelve works of the series and consequently, the last twelve works completed by Rogers.

The gallery invites the public to the opening reception of the exhibition and celebration of Rogers’s life and work, Friday, December 7th from 5-7PM .

Artist Information

Peter Rogers was born in London on August 24, 1933. There were no other painters in his family, although his maternal grandfather, Harry Marillier, was closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites and was the leading authority of his day on tapestry.

Rogers was educated at Sherborne. After doing his National Service (basic training in the Welsh Guards, 2nd lieutenant in the Queen's Royal Regiment) he studied at St. Martin's School of Art in London.

In 1957 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists, and in 1960 Arthur Tooth and Sons became his exclusive dealer in London.

In 1962 he went to live in Spain and, while there, met Carol Hurd, daughter of the painters, Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd.

Having moved to the United States in 1963, he and Carol were married and took up residence on the Hurd's ranch at San Patricio, New Mexico.

Since then, Rogers' painting has alternated between a variety of commissioned work and the development of the Quest theme, the latter having been his predominant and abiding interest.

After a sojourn in Santa Fe from 1975-83, the Rogers returned to San Patricio, where they continue to live and work.

They have three children, Peter, Gabriela, and David, the last of whom is also a painter.

 

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