Fine and Graphic Arts

"The news networks are highly selective and will distort your view of the world into a paranoid nightmare. It isn't that what they report isn't true, its just that they only select 5% of whats happening in the world, and that 95% can and would inspire you. Search for it." Peter Grabas November 2009


"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus" ~ Mark Twain


About -A brief bio

At last my fine arts site has bee redesigned and content is being added monthly. Along with this bio visit the blog for more on my thoughts about aesthetics, thoughts, saints and scoundrels list, politics and laughter, although the last two are a bit synonomous, eh?

Fine and Graphic Arts is the professional artist site for Peter Grabas. The business name was chosen to represent not only the fine art but his graphic art as well back in the last millenium, 1992. In the course of time and evolution of the internet, the name remained the same but the graphic art now resides on its own site Print and Web Graphics and an additional site for stained glass called Glass Hearts Studio so that this site is dedicated to the fine art produced by Peter Grabas.

Born in Chicago, IL, to Ukrainian parents, Peter attended parochial as well as public schools in that city and has been primarily a Chicagoan. He has traveled overseas to Ukraine, Canada and across the United States focusing on the swamps, bogs and Everglades of the southern US and the Caribbean (primarily Puerto Rico) for landscape or "jungle painting". He has attended a number of colleges and universities (including Northern Illinois University, Felician College as well as trade schools for the printing and graphics industry) graduated from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1985, with a BFA in painting and teaching. He has worked as an artist and a graphic designer since. He considers himself primarily a painter but the range of his works include stained glass design and construction, oriental brush painting, photography, as well as twenty years in the graphic arts making books, labels, packaging and "whole host of projects in-between". Although inactive in fine art due to family responsibilities and some illness for the last five years he is now reopening his studio to resume painting and a show next year. His interest is "two-fold, to finish a number of jungle paintings that have been on hold for too long, and to begin a new series on farm and agriculture of the mid-west." "The body of work I call 'Jungle Painting' is inclusive of flora and fauna of the primitive swamps, bogs, everglades and jungle I have visited and camped in. I had a 'Gauguin like' epiphany when I went to Puerto Rico for my first trip in 1982. It changed everything, the dynamics of color and content have never been the same. Every inch of a jungle is alive, hot, wet, turbulent air, filled with life struggling in fertility that I never perceived where I was born in the canyons of Chicago."

An avid reader of non-fiction and Sci Fi since boyhood he has been fascinated by "why are things the way they are?" and this gave rise to a considerable interest in history and art history. This prompted him to begin a series of fictional short stories about a 300 year old man's memoirs as an excuse to write about actual history which he says is "stranger than any fiction you can invent and more interesting than any sopa opera you've ever seen." "I plan to finish the series when I retire, but who knows, I just might surprise myself."

He is always into some project or interest and you can see some of it in his website(s) which he designed as well (including this one The Carlock Book Cafe). The two active sites there are fine art in Fine and Graphic Arts and stained glass in Glass Hearts Studio, although all are under construction, including a blog that is to begin on July 26th, 2010.

His interest in asia began with an introductory course in brush painting in 1980 and grew into his studying with the Shanghai Master Monica Ho-Pei Liu for three years and concurrently studying Tai Chi and Escrima martial arts. "It permanently altered my perceptions about art and the world." "When I was a kid, Asian art had no interest for me, or Medieval history either. Today I find it to be an incredibly rich source of wonder and admiration." He has also become very interested in Seinen Anime and participated as department head for the 2005 Anime Central Convention but does not consider himself an otaku. His humor show in his answer to my question, 'who are you?'. "Holy cats, philosophers have been wrestling with that eternal question for a thousand years, so I'll give you the eternal answer --I don't know!"
Jeff Bryant June, 2010