About the Artist:
Pete was born in Neptune, New Jersey, which is very close to the ocean.  Living close to the water is something Pete missed very much, while living in Atlanta, Georgia.  It was in Atlanta where Pete began his professional career as an artist.  He joined an artist group in Atlanta and was accepted into a few local galleries, where he began selling both his original paintings as well as his reproductions.  Pete was born to an artistic family.  His brother is also a painter.  Pete came to art late in life.  Although, he felt that art belonged to his bother; initially Pete pursued music.  These days you’ll catch Pete playing his music, as well as creating beautiful art.
 
Pete considers his art to be somewhere between Realism and Impressionism.   Pete works with watercolors, gouache, and acrylics.  He enjoys painting a wide range of subject matter.

Pete’s Personal Statement:
“Being an artist wasn't a conscious decision, it was inevitable.
It became important to me to share my passion with others.
The arts feed my soul and my family supports me. “

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Comments by the Assistant Curator

Comments by the Assistant Curator

Expressionism is an artist movement that was originated in the early 1900’s and still being used today, by Pete Mair.  Expressionist art is well known for its use of color and brush strokes. Mair’s paintings are fluid.  He is sharing his experiences through the color of the scene.  Even in Mair’s still life pieces, he surprises the viewer by making the most crisp object, the vase.  The colors are very warm, juxtaposed with a fancy white and blue vase that happened to be found by the artist at a thrift store.
 
Emily Carr is a well-known Expressionist painter, who also focused on landscapes. Mair’s Mountain Dew best corresponds to Carr’s painting, Odds and Ends (1939).  Both artists used color to create depth of field and brush strokes to create texture.  In both works the colors were dulled down in order to not add focus onto a certain part of the piece.

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