An American in Montréal, Peter Nevins has recently relocated from NYC to Canada’s cultural capital, “because of the huge infusion of inspiration that hit (me) as soon as I got here.”
Originally from San Francisco, and having lived 3 years in NYC’s East Village and Brooklyn, when he’s not playing music, he’s often designing t-shirts and posters for people like Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show & Josh Ritter, or strangest of all: he draws some of the the temporary tattoos you see for sale in the machines in the supermarkets.
Because of his association with pop art, much of Nevins’ art is adapted to reproduction. In particular, he finds the limited palette of serigraphy to be a “very useful obstruction which serves to focus the vision and helps hone the imagery down to the essentials.” Never shy about mixing his art metaphors with musical ones, he continues: “If you think about it, the Beatles did most of their best work with just a 4-track recorder. If you can’t say it with a few colors, more isn’t gonna help.”
Peter has found more education in personal association with artists he admires, and by direct study of works by masters of woodcut, painting and poster art, than he did while attending either California College of Art, Oakland or UCSC’s Porter College of Art.
Nevins is making a solo musical tour of Europe, April 2010.