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pedal & pedal some more - david petr

by David Petr
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True Grit

Artist David Petr captures the spirit of foot-powered adventure in this bold pair of photographic works. Each features the image of a vintage bicycle pedal – not in pristine condition, but with a life story of rust, scratches and grit on full display. These are juxtaposed against backgrounds of rich red and blue, evoking a spirit of courageous action.

The artwork is printed to the artist's exacting standards onto lustre photographic paper in order to produce its characteristic sharp color and detail. The art is then framed by a Master Framer, using all archival materials to preserve the artwork's quality. Produced in very limited number, this is a visual adventure just waiting to be grasped. Handmade in Winter Haven, Florida.

Sold as a set of two.

Limited edition of 10. All prints are signed and numbered by the artist.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

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pine wood
Each Piece in the Set of Two: 27.5" W x 27.5" H x 1.5" D
All prints are signed and numbered by the artist.
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David Petr

David Petr

David Petr began crafting exclusive, larger-than-life photographic interpretations of iconic objects of our collective past in 2008. Rusted, dented and scratched items rich with patina are common topics explored under David's lens. The steadily growing body of work began with Petr's determined search for captivating objects from antique stores, flea markets, junk shops, online, and across the country. Hand-picked with an almost obsessive eye for quality, his found objects are orchestrated under the camera, often with several shots to create one final image. Shadows and highlights are precisely controlled, resulting in an image with uncompromising clarity.

David looks to find beauty in common objects of a simpler time. By dramatically increasing the size of the objects he photographs, he looks to change the context of the subject matter. His edition sizes are quite uncommon among photographers, creating high demand for his large prints. All framed works are custom matted and framed to give the artwork a long and healthy life.

Recent collections feature collage pieces including souvenir matchbooks, bottle caps, hotel soaps, and foreign currency, painstakingly captured by photographing and color correcting each object individually. The end result is an image that is technically superior than any traditional photograph of this size.

Producing limited edition series of 20, 10 and even one-of-a-kind prints, Petr is always on the lookout for the next visual narrative. He seeks out objects that resonate with the viewer, including memories and emotional connections from mid-20th century. When not searching for a dilapidated pinball machine or vintage cocktail stirrer set, David resides in Florida with his wife and four kids.

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I am really thrilled to see Petr's work on the Uncommon Goods website! My partner and I purchased this pair and another single photograph from the artist at an art show last year. Unfortunately, the web image does not really do the images justice. They are absolutely striking in person and generate both conversation and compliments every time people see them. David's work is incredibly editorial and would look amazing in magazine print... perhaps Dwell or even a modern country article in Country Living. This pair currently hangs above my bed so that I can see and enjoy them every day.

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