ANTON Peter

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Peter Anton (1963, New Haven, Connecticut – USA) 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.

Peter Anton’s hyper-realistic sculptures of boxed chocolates, popsicles, lollipops and cakes remind of the pop art of Claes Oldenburgh, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol. It is no coincidence Anton’s nickname is “Candy Warhol”. Anton gets his inspiration from his fascination for food: “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.” The colorful, shiny compositions of tempting pralines and cherry filled chocolates look like a seductive still life. Naughty bites have been taken of some of the sweets, while in some of the paper wrappers remain only dark chocolate crumbs. “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.”, Anton says. “I like to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise.”

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