Peter Anton (B. 1963)
Peter Anton (1963, New Haven, Connecticut) is an American artist and sculptor. His primary subject matter is food with an emphasis on chocolates and other sweets. Often referred to as "Candy Warhol," Anton creates giant realistic sculptures and is best known for his "bigger than life" boxed chocolates.
"In my sculptures I like to alter and overstate foods to give them new meanings. I have an innate reverence for the things we eat. Food brings people together and there is no better way to celebrate life. Through the use of humor, scale, irony, and intensity in my forms, the foods we take for granted become aesthetically pleasing and seductive in atypical ways. I like to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise. My sculptures put viewers in a vulnerable state so that I can communicate with their inner selves in a more honest and direct way. I activate the hunger people have for the things that give them pleasure and force them to surrender. The sensual nature of the works stimulates basic human needs and desires that generate cravings and passion."
Peter Anton has exhibited in numerous museums, including a solo exhibition at the Netherlands’ Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen. As well, Anton has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum Villa Rot in Burgrieden-Rot, Germany; the Austin Museum of Art in Texas; the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York; the Fresno Metropolitan Art Museum; the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; the Castellani Art Museum in Niagara, New York; the COPIA Museum in Napa Valley, California; the William Benton Museum in Storrs, Connecticut; the Schloss Gottorf Museum in Schleswig, Germany; the Museum Ritter in Waldenbuch, Germany; the Strathmore Museum in Bethesda, Maryland; the Schloss Neuenburg Museum in Neuenburg, Germany; the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany; the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe, Germany; the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri; the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana; the Copelouzos Art Museum in Athens; and the Madden Museum of Art in Denver, Colorado.
Peter Anton's work is widely collected and is featured in several prestigious private, corporate, and museum collections including Steven A. Cohen; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Sir Howard Stringer; Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones; the Jordanian Royal Family; architect Lord Norman Foster; Oppenheim Bank; the Copelouzos Art Museum in Athens; The Blackstone Resort Hotel in Korea; Breitling Watches; Raymond James Financial; Perfetti Van Melle; the Portland Museum of Art; The Dennis Hopper Collection; Susanne & Wolfgang Porsche; Siemens AG; NIKE; and President Bill Clinton.
Anton is also known for his 2012 Art Basel Miami installation SUGAR & GOMORRAH. The interactive sculpture was the world’s first art installation where the viewer rode through an exhibition aboard an amusement ride. The immersive exhibition took visitors on an actual roller coaster ride winding and snaking through a destructed city with tumbling pillars, fire, and skeletons juxtaposed with larger-than-life sculptures of sugary treats and nearly nude live models.