Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, will present an exhibition of paintings by the late Peter Rogers (1933-2018) from December 7, 2018, to January 12, 2019. A prolific artist in New Mexico for more than 50 years, Rogers was a steady force behind the creative spirit of the Southwest.
Born in London in 1933, Rogers studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and was a member of the prominent Royal Society of British Artists. In 1962, after years of exhibitions and positions with the Royal Society, Rogers cut ties with the group and moved to Spain. There he met Carol Hurd, daughter of beloved American artists Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth and granddaughter of famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth. The two would marry and return to the states where they settled in San Patricio, New Mexico.
Following in the footsteps of his in-laws, Rogers made a living painting commissions and portraits. The most recognized of these is Rogers’s 1964 mural “Texas Moves Toward Statehood” which adorns the lobby of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library in Austin, and for which Rogers earned the title of Honorary Citizen of Texas.
However, the great driving force of Rogers’s life was his deeply felt sense of spirituality. Likened to the work and writings of William Blake, Rogers sought enlightenment through his art. For 40 years, Rogers pursued his quest developing his largest and most important body of work. Allegorical in nature, Rogers’s paintings from his series, aptly named “Artist’s Quest,” reflect the artist’s exploration of the connection between the spiritual and material worlds. This exhibition will present the last 12 works of the series and consequently, the last 12 works that Peter Rogers completed.
The gallery invites the public to the opening reception of the exhibition and celebration of Peter Rogers’s life and work on December 7, 2018, from 5-7 p.m.
Gerald Peters Gallery is located at 1005 Paseo de Peralta, just one block from Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.