Lennie Petersonís Visual Art in all of its forms celebrates the marriage of music and visual art.
Lennie Petersonís Composer Portraits are his way of paying tribute to musical genius- composers who have changed the world and who deserve to be presented larger than life. The portraits serve to bring special attention to featured composers and artists in any cultural setting.
Lennie also creates large indoor/outdoor portrait projections for galleries, museums, music festivals, concerts, public art installations, and corporate sponsored events. The high definition projections can range from 10 feet to several stories high where the architecture becomes an integral part of the portraitsí background, texture, and character.
"Each compositional element of my portraits serve a distinct purpose," Lennie says.
"I render half of my subjectís face symbolizing my belief that we can only know a part of the make up of such great cultural figures. The color selected for the background of my paintings represents the composerís essence or nature, and the geometric shapes represent musical structure."
Once inside the basic physical form of the painting, viewers can see and take interest in the details and make up of the whole. Repeated visits to the image allows new and interesting details not experienced before. "Much like getting to know a person," Peterson explains.
Peterson's intricate and detailed surrealist and symbolist paintings and drawings (what he terms "Mindscapes") are created in a meditative, subconscious "flow".
"My paintings and drawings are created in a meditative state", Peterson says. "The work comes from another place, from a deep part of my subconscious and in my most natural state. That place of unlimited and pure potential that lies within all of us once we learn how to tap into it and allow it to take on a life of its own."
His fascination with expressing the subconscious mind through visual art and music stems from his lifelong interest in improvisation, in all forms, even in daily life.
Synesthesia is a condition where any one of the 5 senses "co-activates" with another of the 5 senses. For instance, seeing color or shapes when hearing certain music or being able to visualize a memory or a touch when you smell a certain smell.
Lennieís Synesthesia themed abstract paintings are the expression of that concept, representing musical notes, scales, modes and compositions related to shape, color, and texture.