Illuminated Paint by Peter Bynum

For the second year in a row, I have seen Peter’s work at the Architectural Digest Home Show; it glows from a far, and draws you near. He paints on panels of glass and then spaces them out and layers them to create depth and colors, shapes and forms, which draw you in for a closer look.

Detail of one of Bynum's layered glass creations

Detail of one of Bynum’s layered glass creations

Peter describes it as “light surrounding paint”. His art takes on dimension; when multiple layers of painted glass are lit from behind, the light  filters out from the back, front and sides, giving volume to the light and creating a three dimensional painting that glows.

The paint becomes translucent and luminous. When viewing, it feels like you are able to dive into the painting and swim through the piece…it’s a very calming effect.

By painting on separate panels of glass and spacing the panels out from each other, it allows a flat surface to take on spatial depth, similar to a sculpture; layers can be changed or rotated to create up to eight different possible ways to present the piece, reminding you of a microscopic slide of nature.

With a remote control dimmer, you can change the light intensity of the art and become an artist, in what Bynum describes as a passive role. The viewer decides the setting and mood for the moment.

Dede Young, Art Historian at the Neuberger Museum of Art, called his work “most provocative, when contemporary art turns a corner and moves away from the past. There is sort of a secret world to his painting, almost as if you are underwater.” See the close-up image of Peter’s glass and visit his website, www.peterbynum.com to see examples and how it’s done.

About Diana Lapins

Diana is an interior designer with over 28 years of experience in the interior design profession. She has been actively renovating residential homes since 1994, and is currently on her 6th home renovation project. More

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