One of the most intense and mysterious artists around is Peter Kinney,
whose latest show is Moon Spell: an Exhibition of Moon Paintings
at Highwire Gallery. This show is as much a spectacle as it is spectacular.
by R.B. Strauss, Avon Grove Sun, Feb 27-March 5, 2003.
Like a wild man, like the first artist, Peter Kinney works outside on his
mud paintings. He works in heat, in cold, in snow; in his back yard, in
the forest; by day, by moonlight. He leans over the thick paper, slides the
mud around the surface with a fingertip, the heel of a hand, a reed, a
homemade grass brush.
by Miriam Seidel, for the exhibit Mudamorphosis, Highwire Gallery, Feb.
(Kinneys) earth-informed artworks readily provide spectators with all-encompassing dimensions of significant insight that obviously illusionary representations fail to provide. Painted straight from the heart, they are supplemented by psychological degrees of awareness. They could only be conceived by an artist with well-honed intellectual gifts that make it possible for him to know the how and why of sharing such daring and dramatic designs with others.
Offbeat twists and turns of color ripple with animated bravura across the
surfaces of his paintings, the process
.resulting in the creation of a bold vocabulary of visual form with an exceptionally rare identity.
by Burton Wasserman, Art Matters, May 2004.
Harnessing the light and color of the sun, Kinney uses the elements to collaborate with the earth to create magical landscapes.
Kinneys work is potent and raw, and reflects his acceptance of nature
in all its forms. He reveals the earth in its physical extremes and alludes to both creation and ultimate destruction. In some of the framed works, it is as if the glass is there to keep the paintings from exploding out of their frames.
Themes appear--landscape, moon, sun, earth, the figure--but more as the
consequence of spontaneous occurrences than as intended results. It is important to Kinney to leave myself open to discovery.
by Leslie Kaufman, Inside, Fall 2005