Vibrant Women of Oklahoma by Anthony Pego

Vibrant Women of Oklahoma is a collection of paintings and hand crafted jewelry depicting the diversity of the dynamic women of our state.
OPENING: December 9, 2016 6-9PM.
SHOW RUNS: December 9, 2016 through January 6, 2017

Pego Women“My influences include impressionism masters like Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Japanese wood-block prints, the contrast technique employed by Ansel Adams, comic book illustrators like Dave Gibbons (Doctor Who, Watchmen), Marc Silvestri (Witchblade, X-Men), Robert Crumb, and ANSi art of the 1980s-2000s computer era.

I am not formally trained, I began shooting b&w photography with my grandfather’s camera as a kid, produced ANSi art for various Bulletin Board Systems in the modem era of the 80s though 2000s computer era, studied illustration from comics, by tracing female forms in catalogs, and spent countless hours absorbing my sister’s art history books. As a teen I was an early adopter of graphics illustration and manipulation programs, leading me to a career in graphics design for various companies into my early twenties. As a young adult I produced photography, oil paintings, eventually moved into carpentry (specializing in anthropomorphic monster-like furniture), jewelry making, and I have recently added video work to the skill set.

I consider myself a student of the impressionists. I firmly believe techniques should be employed to both recreate an experience from the artist’s life, but to also create an experience within the observer, and explore the imagination. My preferences for conveying these ideas include vibrant contrast of color, high contrast shades, bold outlining, larger than life texture, and unusually related subjects.

In creating art, my goal is always to continue my own artistic education, to create uniquely employed techniques like those listed above, in uncommon fashion if possible, and more often than not to bring light social commentary on current events or local cultural practices combined with my own admittedly odd sense of humor.” – Anthony Pego