Authors : Peter Clothier
Author Peter Clothier
In Praise of the Creative Spirit: Persist, Mind Work, Slow Looking
Peter Clothier Interview
Read Peter's creativity-inspiring responses to questions about his writing process, inspiration, and persisting in the creative life in this exclusive Creative Careers in the Arts interview.
Peter Clothier is a long time observer of the contemporary art world, and a widely published writer. His publications include fiction, poetry, and a memoir, as well as "David Hockney" (a monograph), and a collection of political essays, "The Bush Diaries." His books include "Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce","Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core", and "Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art" (links to excerpts below).
A graduate of Cambridge University, Clothier came to the U.S. in 1964 for the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. Graduating with a PH.D. in Comparative Literature, he came to L.A. in 1968 to teach at USC. He became Dean and Director of Otis Art Institute, and was Dean of Fine and Communication Arts at Loyola-Marymount University before leaving academia in 1986 to devote full time to writing. He has been happily unemployed since then and describes himself as a recovering academic.
He received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was honored for his contribution to the arts at the L.A. Artcore 17th Annual Awards. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, and has served in a leadership capacity in The ManKind Project.
Peter Clothier's Slow Looking: The Art of Looking At Art (Toad Rampant Books, 2012) is based on the “One Hour/One Painting” sessions he began offering a number of years ago to practice a more profound and rewarding way of looking at art. Combining the skills of meditation and contemplation, it invites participants to sit with a single work of art for a full hour; and by extension it models the way in which the mind benefits from the simple practice of paying close attention — whether in art or, more broadly, in life itself. Learn more and enjoy sample audio and video demonstrations on the process at PeterClothier.com.
SLOW LOOKING: Meditation
SLOW LOOKING: Silence
History of SLOW LOOKING: The Art of Looking At Art
Excerpted with permission from Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core by Peter Clothier
MIND WORK Interview with Peter Clothier
Today Is Thine: Tempus Fugit
Not Just a Number
Heeding the Call
Nurturing... the Artist Within
PERSIST: The Big Lie