Peter Gustav Kluge
Peter Gustav Kluge, artist, native Texan from Port Arthur, graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from Arkansas State University where he studied printmaking under Evan Lindquist, Artist Laureate of the state of Arkansas. Mr. Kluge went on to earn a Masters from the University of Arkansas.
Upon arriving in New York in the 70’s he became a part of the Brooklyn Naval Yard artists that worked on and around Gold Street and the old Brooklyn Ship Yard. Kluge toured with Lottie Goslar’s Pantomime Circus and Joffrey II Ballet designing costumes, working wardrobe, and props as they toured across Europe and Asia. Throughout his career he has worked as a printmaker (intaglio), painter (oil, watercolor and acrylics), photographer, art teacher, Graphic designer, Interior designer, furniture designer and builder.
2016 his collection of 24 photographs of life on the black side of a small Southern town (taken a few days after the Martin Luther King assassination) was shown as a part of Brooklyn’s Black Artstory Month’s INSIDE/OUTSIDE Self-Guided Artwalk. The show was spread throughout many local businesses on Myrtle Avenue, between Flatbush and Classon Avenues for the month of February. The business where his photographs were exhibited requested they remain in place after the official show was over. Kluge’s reasons for taking the photographs was to illustrate how we are all the same ... they were just pictures of everyday life. Originally the roll of film came back underexposed and was tossed aside as a failure. Years later Kluge brought the images back using his computer