Peter Meller and the Graphic Imagination

Gallery 27, Cork Street, Mayfair, London
April 15-21 2013

Posted on March 28, 2013 | Archive

Peter Meller

m01During his lifetime, Peter Meller was best known as an art historian, a highly regarded expert on the art of Renaissance Italy. Few people outside a small circle of friends and admirers knew that he was also a brilliant graphic artist. When he died in 2008, at the age of 85, he left behind thousands of drawings and prints, a body of work remarkable for its size but also for its overwhelming imaginative abundance, elegance, sophistication, and humor. His work had been exhibited only a few times in and around Santa Barbara, California, where he spent the last half of his life; he sold some prints and gave many away as gifts.  Since his death, the quality and significance of his achievement have begun to be appreciated by a larger audience.

In the summer of 2012, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition was held at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum of the University of California, Santa Barbara. A companion volume, The Zodiac of Wit: Peter Meller and the Graphic Imagination, by Robert Williams, was published to coincide with the event. A similarly comprehensive exhibition, organized by noted dealer and collector Cyril Humphris, will take place at Gallery 27, Cork St., London, from April 15-21, 2013.

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