Peter Saul is a painter considered to be one of the fathers of the Pop Art movement. Influenced by 1940s comic books, de Kooning, and Mad magazine, Saul began using pop culture cartoon references in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His work also has connections with Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Much of his work is controversial, with titles like Bush at Abu Ghraib (2006) and The Execution of O.J. (1996). His often-satirical subject matter intertwines aspects of the pornographic, the grotesque, and the absurd.
Peter Saul’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.