Peter Woytuk Returns to Santa Fe

PETER WOYTUK

NEW WORK

2019

We’re excited to announce the representation of internationally renowned sculptor Peter Woytuk with a One-Man show and the unveiling of new work at our downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico location. Join us on October 4, 2019 from 5:00-7:30pm for the opening reception, welcoming the artist to the gallery and marking his first show in Santa Fe in several years. The exhibition can be enjoyed daily through October 31, 2019.

Peter Woytuk is looking forward to returning to Santa Fe. Born in Minnesota and raised in Massachusetts, Peter graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio. Soon after he began an old-school style apprenticeship with sculptor Philip Grausman in Connecticut. It was here that he learned the techniques of modeling clay, mold making, and bronze casting that started him on his own career path as a sculptor. Now splitting his time between his studio in Connecticut and casting facilities throughout Asia, Peter looks back on his years living and working in Santa Fe as pivotal to his start in the art world.  

This show will unveil several pieces that Peter described as ethereal. “It’s time to try something a little different and not plagiarize myself, but do something new.” While he does some fabrication himself and works with several local and regional foundries, he turns to large scale foundries throughout Asia to cast his monumental works. Peter finds himself inspired by the work of other artists and surrounds himself with art books that he returns to like old friends. Part of his process is getting ideas out of his head and onto paper. Whether or not that concept becomes a finished piece isn’t necessarily important, it’s the ability to reference those images as they develop and evolve. In talking about his preferred techniques or approach to creating new works he stated, “My techniques have matured, yet I keep them infused with something that keeps it fresh for me; less editing, letting a piece teach me while keeping my mind in a freethinking mode.”

Shanan Campbell, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery, expressed her excitement about representing Woytuk. “I’ve been an admirer of Peter’s work for decades and am absolutely thrilled to have him join the gallery. His ability to distill the shape of each piece into a simpler form while maintaining the complexity of representational sculpture is captivating. He gives us a glimpse into the everyday life of animals, with the hint of a human quality that we immediately identify with.”