Artist Michael Frank Peterson creates layered glass paintings that draw the viewer into scenes that come to life. See more of his work by visiting his website.
I create my painted layered glass sculpture for this reason: in a busy and complicated world, I am hoping to draw the viewer into a scene that is not only fascinating, but peaceful.
I’m a retired award-winning trade show exhibit designer and a professional artist. I combine my love for painting in oil with three-dimensional design. These painted layered glass sculptures in a contemporary design have become my signature style.
Each layer of glass is hand painted with a section of the overall image. The multiple layers of glass are then assembled into a sculpture that shows the depth and distance of the scene. They can be hung on a wall, or be free-standing.
I love three-dimensionality. These sculptures were developed while I was experimenting with painting on layers of glass and mounting them into shadow boxes to see if I could bring increased depth to my paintings.
At a premier art show in Salt Lake City, Utah, I found that the two shadow boxes I displayed received much more attention and excitement than my more traditional paintings. The shadowbox art drew the viewers right in, and they were fascinated by them.
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That was a pivotal point in my art career. Starting in early 2020, I experimented and tested many concepts and materials until I developed the concept of painted layers of glass assembled into a sculpture. These sculptures gave me freedom and depth that I never had before.
I was born and raised in the small town of American Fork, Utah. My hard-working family was thoroughly blue-collar. My talent for art became apparent during my early school years and continued from there. My parents were supportive and hands-on parents. However, they were quite worried when I wanted to go to college to receive an art degree. My dad suggested he could help me with a good job at the steel plant where he worked.
I studied fine art, graphic design, and industrial design (product design) at Brigham Young University where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. That led to a career as a trade show exhibit designer and into four design director positions.
Now I combine my love for three-dimensional design and my love for oil painting to make unique sculptures that are peaceful and fascinating.
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