Artwork of the Day: Circle the Sun by Hans Petersen

Hans Petersen, Circle the Sun

"Circle the Sun" by Artexpo New York 2013 exhibitor Hans Petersen

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Circle the Sun” by Artexpo New York 2013 exhibitor Hans Petersen—an award-winning artist who trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen. Bright, bold and infused with dynamism, this piece is emblematic of Petersen’s work—and the CoBrA Movement that so strongly influences his art. A collective of Northern European artists, CoBRA is dedicated to complete freedom in color and form.

Ever an innovator, Hans has also developed his own signature style of painting, which he calls “ART-I-TECTURE.” Here’s how he explains it:

I process different aspects of architecture and environment and translate them into abstract, graphic, expressionistic paintings. As the title ART-I-TECTURE suggests, I rely on my knowledge of architecture and color to create visions of real and imagined images.

For his groundbreaking work, Hans claimed a SOLO Award at Artexpo New York 2012 last March. Here he is, accepting his certificate:

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Hans Petersen claiming his SOLO Award at Artexpo New York 2012.

After studying in Copenhagen, Hans spent time as a graphic designer. His work brought him to New York City in 1976, where he launched a highly successful career in design. In 2005, however, he picked up his brushes again and returned to painting full time. Today, he is well known for his vibrant, fearless works, which seem to dance off the canvas.

Paintings with impact bring me pleasure. I strive to infuse a distinctive energy and character into my work to achieve excitement for myself and for others. If it goes unnoticed, it simply wasn’t worthwhile painting.

Hans Petersen’s vivid paintings are sought after by discriminating collectors and represented by galleries in Stamford, CT, Charlotte, NC and Copenhagen. His work are also featured in private collections throughout the United States and Denmark. He is represented by the NAC Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, where he had a solo exhibit of his work in December 2012. Says his Business Development representative,

We feel his work is best suited to urban areas with affininty for contemporary art and modern architecture.  We are also exploring licensing in home decor, textiles and apparel.

You can find Hans Petersen online at and see his works up close this March at Artexpo New York 2013. Register as a trade attendee or get tickets.

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