Fans of Peter Voulkos
A recent article in L.A. Weekly caught my eye. The title “Peter Voulkos, Can I Have Your Autograph?” was provocative enough. In the text, young painter Rebecca Morris recalled the early influence on her work, and sums it up with “His aesthetic is rough, never perfect.” I agree. But the story made me recall our opening night for a show in November of 1999, when fans of Peter Voulkos lined up and waited over 45 minutes to get his autograph. He sat at the gallery’s front desk. Peter was generous with each person, and his presence was bigger than any I have ever seen. He not only signed autographs, he made drawings for each person.