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Peter Milton
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Born in Lower Merion, PA; BFA from Yale 1954, MFA 1961; taught at Maryland Institute of Art 1961-1968; working since 1969 in Francestown, NH; reference: Kneeland McNulty, Peter Milton, Complete Etchings 1960-1976, Boston, 1977 Peter Milton was born in Merion, Pennsylvania on April 2, 1930. He attended Darrow School, the Virginia Military Institute and Yale University’s School of Art. At Yale he studied under Joseph Albers, receiving a BFA degree in 1954 and an MFA degree in 1961. Originally a painter, in 1962 he shifted to printmaking in black and white after being diagnosed as color blind . He was active as a teacher from 1959 to 1968. In 1969 he moved to rural New Hampshire and has supported himself and his family by his artistic production since 1970. Milton's first prints were predominantly landscapes etched on zinc plates. By 1965 he began incorporating portraits of his children into his prints, using copper plates and supplementing etching with engraving to create more subtle, finely-drawn images. Over the next two decades he created a body of deeply shadowed, haunting, dream-like images set in complex spatial constructions. In 1971 with the publication of The Jolly Corner, a portfolio of twenty-one etchings based on the Henry James story, Milton expanded his use of quotations from art-historical material. After 1975 he employed light-sensitive grounds to transfer his drawings to the copper plate. The increased complexity of his work was apparent in Prints by Peter Milton, an exhibition circulated by the International Exhibitions Foundation shown at the Fine Arts Museums in 1977. Since 1977 Milton continued to employ etching and engraving to create dream-like spatial illusion in such works as the Nijinsky Variations and the Points of Departure series. Peter Milton: Complete Prints 1960-1996, a catalogue raisonné co-authored by Achenbach Curator-in-Charge Robert Flynn Johnson, was published in 1996 coinciding with the Exhibition Peter Milton: Selected Prints 1960-1997 at the M.H. de Young Museum February 28-May 22, 1997.