Sinopia is proud to introduce our March 2012 Artist of the Month: Peter Cree. Peter Cree is an artist who works in a variety of media and techniques. He has a background in painting, which he uses in conjunction with his carving talents and music instrument building skills. Currently he focuses on creating three dimensional sculptural objects and building instruments, which he adorns with pigmented shellac.
Peter says of his work:
30 years I've followed the calling of art, producing a large body of
work and have had many exhibitions across the United States and abroad.
is an uncontrollable force that arises directly from the unconscious.Â
My talent is the conduit through which this force flows. I guide it
but don't totally control it.
My work is mixed media - the
combination of carving, painting, sculpture and found objects. Here lie
the unexpected results of an Artist's mind.
acoustic world has many traditions and one of the most sacred is the
finish. For seventy years most makers have used nitrocellulose lacquer,
shellac and now UV polyester and polyurethane. Much is debated
concerning the best attributes of each one.
The purpose of this
work is to use a traditional and proven finish technique in a totally
new way. By moving decoration onto the soundboard of a stringed
instrument, I defy the notion that you can't decorate the top without
compromising the sound. Adding pigment into the lacquer or shellac and
applying with a brush, I sand flat and repeat until the image is built
up and defined. This technique results in an ultra thin finish that
rivals any other in volume and tone, while giving a dynamic visual
Four years ago, after many years of
experimentation, I began this project to show that an alternative to
the traditional gloss, matte or sunburst finish can be accomplished.
Now with this innovation, painting is possible on the soundboard. One
can incorporate motifs from all cultures and any visual art design onto
the surface of fine stringed instruments.