Peter Piek, however, is a painter. His series of paintings »Symbols of Power«
(Zeichen der Macht) stands out from his other works. Most of his paintings
depend on the situation like a continuation of nice coincidences, colour
patterns and structures that are spontanuous statements which express the love
of life. ‘Damn great paintings’ as he points it. You see a garden designed by
drawings and paintings with rhythmic and melodious patterns. As if someone were
dancing across the screens and dares a self portrait as rockstar. It is like an
image from a dream without irony, in a frank and casual manner. Hence, the characters
between the colourful paintings become a provocation more than ever.
Perhaps, then there are some that watch the actual paintings of Peter Piek from
a new perspective and get an impression of what opposes each form of power: the
free expression of life.
Dr. Ina Gille, art historian, Leipzig 5/2005 (translation: PeterFischer)
Peter Piek is the consummate artist. A brilliant guitarist, singer/songwriter and painter from Leipzig, Peter's work remains bold and distinct across a broad range of media. He's interested in what he calls "the moment of greeting", and the "emptiness that exists between artist and audience at that moment". In Buddhist philosophy emptiness connotes a wide range of happy meanings. These include clarity, connection, selflessness and transcendence. Peter has painted hundreds of self portraits, on canvas and on record, yet the work is somehow never self-absorbed. You get the sense, in his music and art, that he's introducing himself to you, again and again, re-invigorating the moment with a fresh connection. Peter Piek is a prolific performer and painter who keeps himself busy with constant touring in europe and america, and with the relentless creation of new art.
Cliff Rawson, New York City 2008
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