Artist Profile

Roland Petersen

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Roland Petersen (1926–) is a Bay Area painter whose paintings from the 1950s and ’60s 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.