Peter Gronquist

Exploring popular cultural references of Americana and American identity.

Peter Gronquist disseminates socio-political messages relating to the concept of hyper American identity through his diverse paintings and sculptures.

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Gronquist’s works are created using an astounding range of mediums: taxidermy, pure gilding, light and mirrors, frosted glass, oil, enamel, and toy models. Gronquist began incorporating taxidermy into his sculptures in 2005. These sculptures juxtapose the natural with the artificial - stuffed animals which have their antlers decorated with gold replica weaponry and fashionable brand logos - a humorous reflection on our revolution of desire through consumerism.

Gronquist’s work is incredibly multidisciplinary. One series revolves around taxidermy, where Gronquist employed master gold-platers to adhere pure gold to the installations. Another includes vast infinity mirrors, incorporating found objects relating to Americana: toy churches, guns, tanks and jet planes are reflected ad infinitum. In a third, the artist uses more traditional media in abstract paintings on acrylic or glass. Through this diverse range of media, Gronquist holds up a mirror to America, revealing what animates her.

Gronquist highlights patterns of America’s current mass consumption society by incorporating the icons of their purchasing power into his work, much like Warhol and the American Pop artists of the 1960s, who lived through the longest uninterrupted period of economic expansion in history, and whose work made reference to the resultant surge in mass production. Self-dubbed his ‘hyper-American’ approach, Gronquist appropriates designer labels, symbols of wealth, luxury, and the firearms of America’s gun culture to critique his society and the mutation of the American Dream, "Our culture puts money and violence on way too high of a pedestal. I think these days people no longer see the line between entertainment and reality."

Born 1979 in the USA, Gronquist resides and works in Portland, USA. He attended the School of Visual Art New York and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. He has shown works at The Pittsfield Museum of Art, Scope New York and Miami, and is collected internationally.  

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