Peter Diem (Coburg, 1954) is a Dutch artist. He paints like a tornado and lives his art. Bold, intrepid colors, thick succulent paint, and daring sensual lines are the hallmark of his paintings. They reflect his lust for life, his sense of humor, and his distinct individuality. The powerful paintings are thus representative exponents of his turbulent lifestyle.
In his early twenties Peter Diem exchanged the Netherlands for the United States. He spent his days making a living as a lithographer, but his soul was saturated with the paintings he worked on in his studio at night. Amsterdam is the place from where he now crosses the world on the hunt for colors and emotions. As if he were fighting against time (Diem wants to live forever), he translates his feeling expressively into paint when he returns.
Feverish, violent and with powerful strokes, enormous amounts of paint are applied to the canvas, if necessary directly from the tube and with two hands at the same time. In addition to cheerful cows and painted travel impressions, he works diligently on his cosmic themes. The canvases represent a complex voyage of discovery in which you seek and find. His involvement in his work is so intense that he sometimes can’t easily distance himself from his canvases.
Peter Diem is inextricably linked to his cow paintings, especially after Blokker has issued some silkscreen prints with cows from him.
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