About Pops Peterson
After nearly twenty years as a web designer and layout artist,
POPS PETERSON has successfully forayed into the world of fine art, best known for his works on the theme of Civil Rights and Freedom. His photos and giclee prints have been featured in solo exhibitions at Sohn Fine Art and Lauren Clark Fine Art, in the Berkshires, as well as group exhibitions in the Berkshires and New York City. Currently he is represented in the international tour, "Reimagining the Four Freedoms," curated by the Norman Rockwell Museum, currently at The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn MI. His portraits and landscapes also hang in upscale hotels and fine homes from England to Palm Beach Florida.
In 2015, Pops debuted his reknown collection, "Reinventing Rockwell." In this critically acclaimed project he reimagines the iconic works of Norman Rockwell as if they were painted in the current day. Celebrating the diversity in today's America, the series has won Pops a great deal of press coverage, as well as an award from the Northeast Regional Conference on Fair Housing and Civil Rights. He has also been named the first Artist in Residence of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The Norman Rockwell Museum has embraced the project, presenting Pops' work and two lecture at standing room only events in their main gallery, one of the best attended events in the history of the museum. (click here for video)
Pops Peterson's debut solo exhibition, New Frontiers in Pop Art was presented from July-August 2014 at Lauren Clark Fine Art, in Great Barrington MA. A second solo exibition, Reinventing Rockwell took place in 2015 at Sohn Fine Art, Lenox MA. Groups shows include Artists Evolved, 2013 in New York City, Slideluck Berkshires 2015, The Nasty Women Exhibition (2017) and pop-up exhibitions at The Museum of African American History, Boston MA, among others. In November of 2017, he was invited to speak in the Massachusetts State House for the opening of the "Breaking Barriers" exhibition. Peterson's painting, "Freedom from Shame" inspired the statewide art competition sponsored by the Massachusetts Office on Disability, that culminated in this exhibition. (see video)
In 2012, Pops launched an irreverent advice blog, "Come to Papa," to promote his writing, and found himself in need of illustrations, so he returned to drawing. Post by post the illustrations became more elaborate and refined until one day, about nine months later, he received his first portrait commissions, for "Zach" and "Parker," from noted designer and philanthropist, Jacqueline Togut. To his amazement and delight, the commissions continued from his friends and neighbors in the Berkshires.
In 2014, Pops was commissed to create forty original pieces for the hotel and offices of The Center for Motivation and Change, New Marlboro MA. He was also commissioned to create a four-piece collection, Mythological Pittsfield, for the acclaimed new boutique hotel, Hotel on North, in Pittsfield MA.
Pops began his artistic pursuits as a painting major at the High School of Music and Art, with further studies at Pratt Institute and Columbia University, all under his given name of Maurice Peterson. For many years wrote for such publications as Andy Warhol's Interview, Essence Magazine, The Village Voice and The New York Times. He also authored stage plays as well as television and screenplays including the film, Homework, starring Joan Collins. Maurice also created the world's first telephone soap opera, "Dial-A-Soap!," with Jon Rupp.
Since 2006, Pops has been the owner and general manager of SEVEN salon.spa, with his husband, Mark Johnson.