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The original idea for this show coincided with my 30 year high school reunion. These 10 year increments force me to take stock of where I am, in relation to the past versions of myself. The compositions of these pieces all started out as a yearbook photo, but each deviated to become its own idea or reflection. The title “Don’t Change” being an innocent, common line written in a yearbook. A line that implies perfection at a young age, but a weird or even scary notion to think about 30 years later.
The through line of all of these paintings are the multitudes we all contain, either at a given moment, or the ones we’ve shed along the way and the masks we put on and takeoff throughout the journey.
Here, the act of wearing masks is not a concealment but an art—an exploration that transcends the confines of societal expectation and peers into the kaleidoscopic mirror of human complexity. The art work stands as a testament to the transformative power of shedding skins, an homage to the myriad masks that guide us toward the elusive destination of selfhood.
The canvases unfold as a series of veiled layers, capturing the essence of growth and the paradoxical beauty of donning masks to reveal the authenticity beneath. In this linguistic dance, we navigate the delicate balance between authenticity and the necessity for adaptation.
Pete Sack is a Raleigh-based professional artist known for his multifaceted portrait and abstract paintings that challenge viewers to consider the many layers that evoke feelings of familiarity inhuman expression. His work stands in stark contrast to social media scrolling that encourages quick judgment with only the briefest of glances.
Pete honed his skills in his early years, drawing sports figures throughout elementary school into high school. As baseball players gave way to other figurative work, Pete discovered that his creative talents were more than a hobby. He left his native Seattle to attend East Carolina University where earned a BFA in Painting. It was during his time at ECU that Pete started experimenting with ways to marry his love of watercolor and oil paint mediums. After college he made Raleigh his permanent home. He found himself working jobs outside of the industry but continued to paint in his spare time to bring balance and alignment to his life.
In 2016 Pete took a position at SAS Institute as one of their Artists in Residence. Over 4 ½years he created 175+ pieces of artwork for campus buildings and regional spaces. The job came with limitless creative freedom, which forced Pete out of his figurative-style comfort zone and into the world of abstracts. During this period, he discovered new ways of paint application.He used this evolution to dive into large scale figurative paintings that shattered boundaries and brought harmony to his work.
Pete’s current work comprises both abstract and figurative pieces. Each allows for a different expression of himself. His abstracts are about flow, both mechanically and emotionally. He uses masonry tools to drag paint in methodical ways that create visually appealing palettes and patterns. His figurative and portrait work still rely on the fine detailing skills he developed in his youth but also contain new depth as they combine multiple faces and abstraction, giving the work a richer, more complex feel. Pete works from a studio in downtown Raleigh, where visitors are always welcome. He is represented by Sorelle Fine Art in Westport CT, Artsuite and Mahler Fine Art in Raleigh, NC and regularly shows his work in the Triangle area. You can learn more at www.petesack.com.