“My greatest memory of Peter’s work was from the occasional glimpses I got as a teenager in the pages of art magazines in our hometown library. The Vietnam paintings were of such a convulsive beauty that they burned instantly into your subconscious, the most impolite art imaginable. After that brief exposure, I looked in vain to find more on him (this was way pre-Internet). Since he wasn’t in any books on Pop art, I assumed he was a [Chicago-based] Hairy Who artist, due to their shared imagery and forms, but also that they also didn’t get much press. The Hand Painted Pop show Paul Schimmel did at MOCA in 1992 [‘Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition, 1955-62’] was (I think) my first chance to see his earlier work, and to meet him in person. It’s been an honor to show with him, and get to know him, as he is certainly one of my biggest inspirations.”"Vietnam" (1966) by Peter Saul.