Peter Deise

Peter Deise has evolved an impeccable aesthetic sensibility that is equal parts chaos and control. Developed over decades as a master craftsman, Deise has a reputation for achieving an exquisite sense of monumentality and a level of sophistication in execution that puts his work on par with the best sculptors working anywhere in the world today. Large or small, monochrome or polychrome, Deise's visionary sculpture cast not the landscape around them in sharp relief through the use of positive and negative shapes, but they do so in a way that is sure to grab your attention and never let go.

Hard geometric lines act as a counterpoint to the flowing organic forms that have become the hallmark of Deise’s major commissions. Equally comfortable making big public works or displaying the crisp clean lines of his sculptures in any exhibition hall, the impact is the same --- simply stunning! The pure elegance of concave and convex curves submerged within the kinds of finishes that reflect the world around each piece, works to create an immediate impression of color unbound that is hard to communicate, but which evokes a degree of communion between art lovers and casual spectators that is rare in the field of contemporary sculpture today. This is because people don’t merely happen upon a Deise in the landscape, but rather, they have an encounter with it as a living, breathing maelstrom of creative decisions that has whipped up the torsion of enfolded and unfolding forms. 

Part hand-hewn torqued steel, part neo-baroque swirls and spirals, one feels that each new piece is nothing less than a throw of the dice aimed at surmounting the play of serendipitous and sumptuous material effects. Thus, Deise is one of the few artists in the early twenty-first century who can still create a non-objective sense of narrative by means of using abstract geometries alone, where the denouement of expressivity rests upon the entire three act structure of base, bulk and bold articulations that give us the image of sculpture and sublimity unbound. 

Bio: Peter Deise was born near the sea and raised by a biologist mother and an electrical engineer father.  His mother had him looking at life through a microscope at the early age of 3, all the while developing in him a sense of wonder and intrigue that has played a major role in his endeavor as an artist. Deise effortlessly intertwines a love of science and nature with his art in a way that draws the viewer into his own world of curiosities. For over the past twenty years, Deise has studied the relationship of art and nature through his writings, drawings, paintings and sculpture which fuels his quest to progress not only as a sculptor but as an inquisitive human being. Large curves of steel mimic curves of the ocean waves and the intricate network of fire heated and hand tied sculpture take you in deeper as if viewing the veins of a leaf through your own microscope. He works within his own duality, embracing the construction of immense forms of steel as well as the much needed patience and delicate hand to shape the intricate curl on a piece that is minuscule in comparison.

Through the elements of fall, winter, spring and the fire of the desert summer, Deise continues to adapt along with the movement of each season, absorbing information from nature and expressing it through his work. Deise is a man who continues to push not only the elemental boundaries of steel but also the physical way in which he forms and shapes each piece by hand. Peter Deise is an anomaly, always moving at a fervid pace and evolving beyond the constraints of his own world artistically but also takes the time to marvel and appreciate the boldness of color that now engulfs his desert singed, raw steel sculptures.