Honeymoon Picnic, Acrylic on canvas, 65 x 86 inches

Honeymoon Picnic

Acrylic On Canvas

65 x 86 inches 

From the Waterfront, Acrylic on paper, 22 x 28 inches

From the Waterfront

Acrylic On Paper

22 x 28 inches 

Summer Picnic by Roland Petersen, Acrylic On Canvas 41 x 49 inches

Summer Picnic

Acrylic On Canvas

41 x 49 inches

San Francisco Rooftops, Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 70 inches

San Francisco Roof Tops

Acrylic On Canvas

45 x 70 inches

Reclining Figure With Two friends, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Reclining Figure With Two Friends

Acrylic On Canvas

50 x 54 inches 

Sitting On Bench With Parasol, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 20 inches

Sitting On Bench With  Parasol

Acrylic On Canvas

30 x 20 inches 

Six Figures WIth an Umbrella, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Six Figures With an Umbrella 

Acrylic On Canvas

48 x 60 inches

Shadows On the Table, Acrylic on canvas, 23 x 24 inches

Shadows on the Table

Acrylic On Canvas

23 x 24 inches

The Bather, Acrylic on canvas, 25 x 41 inches

The Bather

Acrylic On Canvas

26 x 41 inches 

Row of Trees, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 20 inches

Row of Trees

Acrylic On Canvas

30 x 20 inches 

Picnic With Four Figures, Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 28 inches

Picnic With Four Figures 

Acrylic On Canvas

22 x 28 inches

Sunday Leisure, Acrylic on canvas, 57 x 34 inches

Sunday Leisure

Acrylic On Canvas

57 x 34 inches

City Rose Bathers, Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 63 inches

City Rose Bathers

Acrylic On Canvas

50 x 63 inches 

Coffee Break, Acrylic on canvas, 71 x 62 inches

Coffee Break

Acrylic On Canvas

62 x 71 inches 

The Flower Arranger, Acrylic on canvas, 34 x 57 inches

The Flower Arranger

Acrylic On Canvas

34 x 57 inches

Picnic With Red Flowers, Acrylic on canvas, 67 x 85 inches

Picnic With Red Flower

Acrylic On Canvas

67 x 85 inches

Row Boat For Two, Acrylic on canvas, 25 x 36 inches

Row Boat For Two

Acrylic On Canvas

25 x 36 inches 

Terrace View, Acrylic on canvas, 43 x 57 inches

Terrace View

Acrylic On Canvas

48 x 57 inches 

Suburbia Terrace, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches

Suburbia Terrace

Acrylic On Canvas

60 x 36 inches

Conversational Picnic, Acrylic on canvas, 65 x 86 inches

Conversational Picnic 

Acrylic On Canvas

65 x 86 inches 

Roland Petersen (born 1926) is a Bay Area painter whose paintings from the 1950s and ’60s are a masterful synthesis of gestural abstract expressionism, painterly realism, and advanced color theory. His work integrates still life, figures, and landscape into complex, architectonic compositions that are beautiful and enigmatic, but still retain a strong sense of place, in this case the fields and farms of California’s Central Valley. According to curator Bruce Guenther, Petersen’s paintings are “shatteringly still and exude an irrevocable solidity that is both timeless and yet locked in a specifically transitory milieu.”

In his early works, Petersen merges pure abstraction and formal analyses of color and space with figurative and landscape elements, a reflection of his interest in post-Impressionist geometry, specifically as practiced by Paul Cézanne and Georges Seurat. Petersen’s extraordinarily sophisticated palette, a striking and brilliant combination of light and dark hues that uses white “as an editing tool … to control the eye’s journey of discovery,” is informed not only by the color theories of Georges Seurat and Hans Hofmann but also by the emotional expressionism of Vincent Van Gogh, as well as the French symbolists..

Petersen is listed as one of the Bay Area Figurative School artists who flourished in the mid 20th century from the late 1940’s until the early 1970’s. These painters were noted for their departure from pure abstract expressionism to return to figuration.