Suburbia Terrace, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches
Roland Petersen, Suburbia Terrace, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches

Roland Petersen:

In Perspective

May 6-30, 2016

RECEPTION: 6:00 pm

View more artwork by Roland Petersen.

Roland Petersen is a Bay Area painter whose paintings are masterful syntheses 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.


In the 1960s, Petersen embarked on his highly acclaimed Picnic series. With their saturated colors, thick layered pigment, and geometric compositions, these works bring to mind the gestural brushwork of Bay Area artists David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Richard Diebenkorn.


An active figure in the Bay Area art scene for over forty years, Petersen has taught generations of artists not only painting but also printmaking and photography. He lives in the Bay Area and continues to paint actively.    Petersen’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and is represented in major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Previous Events

Alchemy 2412-2, Gold Leaf, Paint and Torched Mesh, 24 x 12 inches

Fire and Light

March 11 – 26, 2015


Mirang Wonne’s paintings and screens are at once comforting in their organic warmth and intriguing in their otherworldliness. Her blending of high tech materials with traditional art practices–flame on stainless steel mesh layered with paint, gold leaf and charcoal on paper–creates images which are unpredictably subtle and intimate.

Mirang Wonne’s artwork has been collected and exhibited in private and public collections worldwide including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris.

Phoria, Mixed media, 40 x 40 inches

NOW: Exploring New Mediums

Dec. 10 – 31, 2015


NOW looks forward to new directions in art work and features four contemporary artists who are exploring new ways to express their visions in the 21st century, Gavin Benjamin, Albert Delamour, Lawrence Morrell and Pezhman.

Holding Tight, Oil on canvas, 36 x 32 inches

Approaching the Figure

September 18 – October 3, 2015


Featuring the artwork of three painters following the early Bay Area Figurative School artists who flourished in the mid 20th century from the late 1940’s until the early 1970’s and were noted for their departure from pure abstract expressionism to return to figuration. Many of the historical works were created by artists such as Diebenkorn, Park, Bischoff and Peterson. Linda Christensen, Melinda Cootsona and William Rushton strive to create the figure in the style and period of these iconic painters.

Highlands 35

Abstract Visions

May 8 – 31, 2015


Featuring the artwork of four painters following the early Expressionists who flourished from the 1940’s to 1960’s and were noted for their large-scale, non representational works by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollack and Mark Rothko.


Art of the Frame: Tradition to Tech

July 15 – Aug. 3, 2015


Computer chips, LED lighting and 3-D projection bring these picture frames into the 21st century and beyond.  Micah Paul’s 3-D projection frame alters the frame to conceptual art and will be shown at the reception, Friday, July 31. Also, on exhibit are frames by woodworker Mike Lang of San Francisco.

Evening Shadows, Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

Impressionism Today

Feb. 20 – Mar. 15, 2015


Meet the artists behind the artwork. Join the Studio Shop for a casual holiday open house with many of the fabulous artists whom we have the privilege to work with throughout the year. Refreshments will be served.