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Peter HiteBiography: ABOUT PETER HITE Using historical artifacts to create art is unusual. Many paintings have recorded historical events but using actual historical elements is almost unknown. Within the artwork of Peter Hite, the common postage stamp serves as an historical document. Hite uses old stamps to create images that range from landscapes, portraits and sometimes a moment in time. His collages have lyrical and fanciful qualities that are in direct contrast to the typically staid images on postage stamps. After seeing the image in total, the viewer is brought closer; the collage begins to reveal its myriad of pieces. Within the forms and fields of color, individual stamps become obvious. They serve as official documents, official government pronouncements. It becomes clear that the old stamps hail from around the world, creating a clear historical component to the image. Depending on the viewers’ age, interests and experience, they begin to recognize various stamps. Stamps can mark periods of time and location, often very specific. For example, an American stamp could be cancelled in 1943 at New York’s Grand Central Station. These points in time and place can provoke powerful memories for many viewers. Even if a stamp does not mark a particular memory, some can create a link to prominent times and locations. In the case of many 19th century French stamps, a viewer realizes that this stamp may have been the type used by Vincent Van Gough when writing his brother. By offering these multiple layers of information, Hite’s artwork speaks to people in different ways and over time, continues to reveal more and more details. Hite strives to provide his viewers with a rich image that continues to reveal more as time passes. PETER HITE TECHNIQUE A collage of 36”x36” is made up of about 3,500 stamps, taking over 160 to 250 hours to complete. Almost all the stamps are cancelled, which adds more visual and historical information. My creative approach is relatively simple. If I see or think of something that I like visually, I make a sketch. After I have collected a group of sketches, I select my favorite. I loosely draw the image on to board or canvas, depending on the size. Larger works I will work with stretched canvas to reduce weight. Once the composition is sketched onto the surface, I begin applying stamps. I work from back to front. My studio, also called the “Post Office”, is full of stamps. I e... to see complete biography, click on artist's name Country: United States Birthyear: 1963 Galleries: None Awards: None Media: mixed media, collage of postage stamps Style: spiritual Subjects: people, portraits and characters
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