Selected Art Objects & Recollections:
1955 - Made my first sound recording, Revolving Door (door door door...) at age three.
1956 - Aunt Flora teaches me how to draw.
1960 - Poem and cartoon published in Children's Highlights magazine.
1961 - My mom taught me how to play piano.
1966 - Uncle Wilbert shows me how to play guitar.
1968 - Got a set of oil paints.
1969 - "Slate River Falls" (20" X 30") did a plein-air oil painting for local art patron (also "Boy In Window"); Hitchhiked across the country.
1970 - Talked to Jimi Hendrix.
1971-73 - Worked as carpenter in Michigan and Colorado.
1973 - Wall mural for Virginia Slims Tennis Tour (Ponchartrain Hotel, Detroit). Played guitar in Detroit area clubs and coffee houses including Saga Joes, The Back Seat, and Bitter Grounds.
1974 - Airbrushed artworks onto custom motorcycles and electric guitars.
1975 - Painted "Rhino in the House" (48" X 48") enamel on wood panel for student gallery at Lawrence Institute of Technology.
1975 - Designed and manufactured acoustic guitar kits for Friend's Music Catalog
1975-78 - Peterson Guitars: Hand built over 70 custom acoustic guitars for notable musicians and collectors nationwide.
1977 - Regular solo performer for happy-hour at Dillons on Woodward.
1978 - Two large portraits - latex on wood panels - commissioned for Uncle Deano's Saloon in Commerce, MI; "Calamity Jane" 48" X 84" & "Deano Day" 36" X 60". Was a musical guest performer at The Dirty Duck Saloon.
1978-84 - Custom-designed furniture for clients of master woodworkers John Diaek of Pontiac and Paul Campbell (formerly in Royal Oak, MI).
1979 - Unique resist method graphic series developed for Felice Food Markets.
1980 - Great Lakes Ships graphic series created for Cap'n Jerry's, 3' X 3' enamel on acrylic panels.
1981 - Custom food-photo series created for Design Fabrications catalog.
1982 - "Critter Hoedown" watercolor (36" X 48"), on loan to Brookside School at Cranbrook Academy.
1983 - "Quincy Copper Mine" (18" X 24") watercolor sold to collector in Royal Oak, MI. Also stain-glass windows.
1984 - Series of six pencil sketches (18" X 24") for Troy Historical Museum.
1985 - Met Roy Lichtenstein.
1986 - "Pacific Seascape" (16" X 20") acrylic painting for a private collector.
1987 - Solo art show at the Troy Public Library. TV interview.
1987 - Framed Indian Head TV Test Pattern screen print with custom mat, now in 3rd edition after being featured in Playboy Feb. '87.
1988 - Pencil sketches exhibited (between a Philip Pearlstein and a Milton Avery) at Artspace Gallery, Birmingham, MI.
1988 - First place cash award and publication in Better Homes & Gardens, Jan. '88 for bathroom design and remodel.
1989 - "Blackbird on Harp" approx. 60" X 60" x 12" cast iron and sheet metal sculpture.
1990 - Developed a dual-mirror drawing aid for sketch artists.
1991 - "Stack o' Cameras" pencil sketch (16" X 22" prints) sold at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI
1992 - "Anthropomorph," a pen and ink drawing published in some weird journal of gothic poetry.
1993 - "Mannequin Descending a Staircase" pen and ink drawing published in Orbit Magazine, Detroit.
1994 - Troy Futures steering committee: Made two presentations on visual aesthetics to City Council.
1995 - Developed Laf-GrafTM humor analyzer.
1996-2001 - Dozens of pen and ink drawings, and written articles published in the Journal of Irreproducible Results Vols. #41 - 46.
1996 - Founded The Peterson Institute of Arts and Sciences Research Laboratory & Gift Shop.
1996-2002 - Completed 4 illustrated books (unpublished), including humor, art criticism, a cartoon collection, and a children's book.
2001 - Went to France.
2003-2006 - Illustrated 4 album (CD) covers for G.R.P. & The Nowhere Men (also wrote, performed and recorded the music in those albums).
2003 - Published my novel, Rhapsody In Overdrive with illustrated cover (Writer's Guild Press/iUniverse).
2004 - Wrote and published the critically acclaimed book of philosophy, Humor Scene Investigation with cover illustration. (iUniverse)
2006 - Went to Italy and painted watercolor sketches in Venice, Spoleto, Tuscany. Prints are in several private collections.
2007-2014 - Contributing Editor, Avanti Press, Detroit.
2007 - Series of 12 large pen and ink drawings based on famous artworks from The Detroit Institute of Arts collection. Art-card versions sold in the DIA Museum Shop.
2008 - Pen and ink drawing after Seurat's "Sunday on Jatte Island" was auctioned at the Brookside School of Cranbrook Art Academy. Screenprint edition available.
2008 - Launched garypetersonart.com online art gallery.
2009 - Invented and patented The BloxTM - a percussion device for drummers.
2010 - Invented the Fine-TuneTM Belt Buckle - patent ready for licensee.
2011 - Published book of essays with illustrations and cover art, The Intellectual Handyman On Art (iUniverse)
2013 - Sold home by owner, moved to Rochester Hills - appointed to Board of Directors of new condo development; I painted Buck 36" X 36" acrylic on canvas; published new generation print of Indian-head TV Test Pattern Revisited
2014 - Released Amber Burst a music CD of acoustic guitar solos, named for my newly acquired instrument, a J-45 Custom. Also developed website for www.thesummitcondominiums.com
2015 - Released First of October - a photo matrix print of the Paint Creek Trail; Published treatise - Hand, Eye, Brain: The Neuroscience of Blind Contour Drawing; A Peterson pen & ink original is cover art for Tacoma Narrows (NYC band) debut album.
2016 - Released Tonewood, a new record album of solo acoustic guitar music.
2016 - Released Phoning It In, a 5-track EP of my guitar & vocal covers of classic pop/rock songs.
2017 - Published a scientific treatise, The Guitar-Playing Brain: A Functional Analysis.
2017 - Released cover version of the song, Trouble Man, as a single.
2017 - Survived a heart attack; now battling cancer; compiling musical retrospective.
2018 - Released record album: 20 Best of Gary R. Peterson - The XX Files.
Résumé of Gary R. Peterson
To draw on a lifetime of creative endeavors to inform my art and hone my skills as an intellectual handyman.
I'm a musician, author, visual artist, philosopher and inventor.
Retail Interior Design | Architectural & Industrial Art | Audio/Visual Communications | Research & Development | Analysis & Critiques | Patent Drawings & Specifications
Autocad | Corel | Cakewalk | HTML5-CSS3 | LISP
25+ years of retail-interior design includes art direction, drafting, materials specifications, millwork manufacturing, lighting, marketing, writing.
First place winner of residential interior design award and featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
Published three books: Humor Scene Investigation - An Operator's Manual for the Laf-Graf Model 1300 Humor Analyzer (iUniverse, 2004); Rhapsody In Overdrive (2003),a novel; and The Intellectual Handyman On Art (2011). Also numerous essays, reviews, and artwork published in journals and trade magazines as well as Playboy and Art in America.
My artwork has been exhibited in local galleries and library, and auctioned at Cranbrook Academy of Art. My art cards have sold in The Museum Shop at The Detroit Institute of Arts.
I've hand-built over 70 acoustic guitars for customers including Graham Nash. I compose music and have performed on stage and made many recordings.
My popular vintage TV test pattern art, a screen-print sought by collectors worldwide, has sold out of three editions since 1987.
Inventor: Electromagnetic brakes for in-line skates; Synchro-tracer eyepiece for artists; A wave tank that reveals acoustic properties of a guitar; An algorithm for single image random dot stereograms, Laf-Graf Humor Analyzer, The BLOX musical percussion instrument, and the Fine-Tune belt buckle.
DESIGN FABRICATIONS, INC. - Madison Heights, MI Art Director, Senior Designer, Consultant, 1978 to 2007
PETERSON GUITARS - Berkley, MI Designer, Builder, Proprietor, 1975 to 1978
MUSIC, STRINGS & THINGS - Birmingham, MI Sales, instrument repair, 1974
BARGY CONSTRUCTION - Troy, MI Carpenter (custom homes), 1973
DELANO CONSTRUCTION - Denver, CO General Labor (concrete), 1972
BERZ/OAKLAND AIRPORT - Troy, MI 1971
WARREN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC - Warren, MI Music Teacher, guitar (faculty including Detroit Symphony Orchestra members), 1970
GRINNELL'S MUSIC, 1969
PETERSON HARDWARE - Detroit, 1967-69
LAWRENCE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY - Southfield, MI Architecture, 1973 to 1976
SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS & DIRTY SOCKS, 1970-73
KIMBALL HIGH SCHOOL - Royal Oak, MI Graduated 1970
SELF-TAUGHT: With art lessons from Aunt Flora and guitar guidance from Uncle Wilbert.
Peterson Institute of Arts & Sciences Research Laboratory and Gift Shop
- Dean of Behavioral Sciences, 1995-current.