Peter Shire

Peter Shire
Steel, aluminum, and polyester enamel, 1998-2000
13 x 10 x 6 inches
Courtesy of Don Kaul
Value: $3,500
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About the artist
Shire was born in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, where he still lives and works. Since the 1970s he has been working at the intersection where craft, fine art, and industrial design collide; he has built his career drawing freely from each area, without taking any of it too seriously. His sculpture, furniture, and ceramics have been exhibited in the United States, Italy, France, Japan, and Poland. In the 1980s he was associated with the renowned Memphis Group of designers. He worked on the Design Team for the XXIII Olympiad with the American Institute of Architects, and has designed public sculptures in Los Angeles and other California cities. Shire has been honored with awards for his contribution to the cultural life of the City of Los Angeles.

“Mystical absurdism, amazing, astounding phenomena on a human scale and what is funny about the way we love and hate industrial things…is what interests me.” –Peter Shire

About the work
Shire’s Angelito is based on flying angel sculptures in Los Angeles Seen, a public art installation that he created in 1996 at the Wilshire/Vermont station of the Metro Red in Los Angeles. By popular demand, he made an edition of mini-angels.

Selected collections

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Laguna Art Museum

Selected exhibitions

  • Peter Shire: The Los Angeles Connection to Memphis, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2006
  • Peter Shire: Tea for Two Hundred, Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA, 2013
  • Deuce Ex Machina, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2006.