Blog Menu

Inside the Art Studio of Peter Saul


A photograph of Peter Saul's studio in Germantown, New York

 

This week we’re taking a look inside the art studio of Peter Saul. Saul was born in San Francisco in the 1930s, and studied at the California School of Fine Arts in the early 1950s. During and following this artistic education, Saul became known for his wildly colourful, pop-surrealist paintings that have situated him as one of the pioneers of modern pop art.

 

Saul’s studio looks rather austere in this image -- or it would, were it not for the intensely colourful paintings that line the walls, and the paint-stuffed trolleys in the foreground. The small window doesn’t seem to let in much natural light, but it looks like the overhead lights provide more consistent illumination -- all the better for working late into the evenings. Look at all those paints! I wonder how many jars of paint Saul goes through in regular week of working. It seems like he’s stocked up for months, even years of painting, but I imagine the artist is also quite prolific.

 

Saul shares his studio space with his wife, Sally Saul. It seems like this corner of the studio, or this room, is completely devoted to Saul’s work on its own. I wonder if the two ever collaborate or work together in a shared space. I don’t see any paint brushes, or easels in this image, so it’s likely that there’s an entire other space just out of frame, housing even more art-making objects.

 

Saul’s practice has been incredibly prolific over the years, with the artist producing an estimated 800 paintings. Now aged 84, the artist continues to produce colourful works that often carry intense political and social messages.


[image source]


About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

Read more of Dallas' posts

Make your art portfolio easy

and focus your time on making art.

GET STARTED NOW

Try free for 30 days. No payment required.