Mad Hatter artist: Peter Johan Studl
It's really great to see so many people joining the festival this year who have not participate in this type of event before. "In my entire life, I have never participated in any other art
festival. I am pleased as punch that the Mad Hatter will be my first. I will be selling many works to make room for a whole bunch more I want to make. There is much joy in the making, although my process can be very demanding. I need lots of fresh air and loud music," says Peter.
Peter says that "Artists, like great specialty restaurants, need only to impact a small group, but powerfully and passionately. I once was showing a friend some works at Panther Coffee in Wynwood and many people came up, on their own, and expressed how beautiful the works looked, out of the blue. A business acquaintance once saw a piece and I could feel her love for it surge. I sold it to her for a song. She will treasure it forever and sing its praises. I just gave a piece to my auto mechanic because he and his family do not know this kind of art. He beamed. He will keep this original art for a lifetime in his home, maybe his garage. I want my art to get in front of people, many people."
|Peter Johan Studl|
Peter is a former immigrant kid, corporate finance CEO, real estate developer, investor, lawyer, hotel and restaurant owner; now, a true starving artist (really), but thriving off the energy of the arts. "My youngest children are creative as all get-out. They have taught me how to make real art," he says
His art is uniquely one-of-a-kind in the world, often combing original and vintage images with an amazing blazing technique, or generating insanely deep, rich and dark detailed abstracts that decorators think should be more colorful. He learned the secrets leading to his Bellezza Stratificato art by combing the wisdom of a brilliant 16th century monk who only spoke in colorful song and intense brushstrokes while hiding in the hills outside Florence where such methods of gilding and beautiful layering have been guarded for centuries.
The Mad Hatter Arts Festival is at The Barnacle, 3485 Main Highway - inside on the great lawn and out around the entrance on the sidewalks of Coconut Grove. The Festival is 10 am to 5 pm both days. Come out and enjoy art, music and lots of dress-up.
Here are the other Mad Hatter artists we featured this month:
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