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Park West Gallery Art and Artist News, ISSUE 12: AUGUST 2009

Attention Park West Gallery Newsletter fans,
ISSUE 12: AUGUST 2009 is here!

Issue 12 features include:

  • Park West Gallery Art and Artist NewsPark West Gallery Receives Best of Southfield Award
  • Park West Gallery Judges 2009 American Art Awards
  • Peter Nixon’s Goddesses of the Moon
  • Simon Bull Unveils Tribute to Michael Jackson
  • Dali and Disney: The Art and Animation of Destino



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Artist Peter Nixon’s Goddesses of the Moon

Written for Park West Gallery by Artist PETER NIXON

MY RECENT PAINTINGS, The Moon Triptych, were originally inspired by a book I read some time ago; Moondust by Andrew Smith – a poignant account of the NASA mission, containing moving interviews with all the astronauts. I was reminded of the book recently – on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing in 2009 –  and decided to produce a triptych to celebrate the magical and momentous memory from my childhood.

Many of the subjects of my paintings are taken from Greek and Roman myths so I decided to paint the goddesses representing three phases of the moon. Their Greek/Roman names are Selene/Luna, Artemis/Diana and Hecate/Trivia – and they correspond to the crescent, harvest and full moons respectively. As a connecting element in the paintings, I dramatically silhouetted the three goddess figures against a full moon.

In Selene/Luna (shown below), the picture has insets with depictions of the goddess from ancient illustrations – a horse’s head symbolizing her chariot, the torch she traditionally carried and an astronaut’s footprint from the surface of the moon. There is also a quote from a painting by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich showing two figures gazing at the moon.

Peter Nixon. Selene Luna. 2009.

In Diana/Artemis (shown below), the goddess stands dramatically flexing her bow as this lunar phase was also known as the “Hunter’s Moon.” In addition to the depiction of an astronaut, there are also insets with representations of her from Greek vases and Roman statues, and a painting by the romantic English artist Samuel Palmer, who was famous for his moonlit landscapes.

Peter Nixon. Diana/Artemis. 2009.

In Hecate/Trivia (shown below) there are insets showing the Lunar Module and ancient portrayals of the three-faced goddess, who was also associated with crossroads and another dreamy Samuel Palmer landscape. This picture presented a problem in that I had used the full moon as a backdrop in the other two paintings whereas Hecate/Trivia characterizes the phase of the moon when it is below the horizon. I resolved this by placing the horizon high up in the picture as a line of buildings.

Peter Nixon. Hecate/Trivia. 2009.

Across the top of each painting are the four phases of the moon. However, as there only three goddesses, as a visual joke I placed a silhouetted self-portrait against the fourth moon.


Park West Gallery would like to thank Peter Nixon for sharing this wonderful glimpse into his creative process and for describing so prolifically the inspiration for his recent artworks. We certainly look forward to reading more from the artist in the future!

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My First Park West VIP Art Cruise

Dear Park West Gallery:

“I just wanted to take a minute to thank the entire Park West team for making the VIP Art Cruise so enjoyable.

Simon was fantastic in keeping me posted on all the pre-cruise logistics, and I really appreciated his help and guidance in all the auction previews. He also went the extra mile every day by asking if there was anything we needed, etc!!

Samantha was great – and she was particularly effective at clearing NCL staff out of chairs in the lobby on the evening of the “paint off”!! I also appreciated the fact that she took time to point out other original Picot works that were available when she found out that I bought the original Picot watercolor.

EJ was friendly and helpful! He went to the other auction and pulled the Nixon and Marko pieces for me which I really appreciated (and can’t wait to get them). And he helped me through all the framing decisions despite that fact that he was feeling poorly!

And Rebecca was a star – she rounds out your team well with her bright personality and incredible administrative abilities!!!

As this was my first VIP Art Cruise I really didn’t know what to expect and even when I knew there were going to be artists on board, I still really didn’t understand the opportunity that was being afforded to me!! Upon reflection, how incredible it was to meet and socialize with Noah, Tim Yanke, Nano and Jerry.

Park West has certainly increased my appreciation for all art! I’m still incredulous when I think I bought some abstract pieces (Mouly and Yanke)!!!

Thank you Park West for such an enjoyable experience.”

Nancy W.
Apopka, Florida