Peter Paone’s fantastical flowers and vegetal forms are produced with a realist’s precision, but they originate in the artist’s imagination and interact in unsettling ways with characters from Mother Goose and vampire lore. The paintings and drawings in this exhibition are filled with unexpected symbolism. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Paone has exhibited nationally and internationally, but has never before shown these works outside his studio. This visual diary, unlocked for the public for the first time, documents the evolution of Paone’s career from the 1950s through today.
Paone was born and raised in South Philadelphia, and he has taught and exhibited nationally and internationally He was educated at Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). He taught for over thirty-one years at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he established the printmaking department and served as Department Chair.