When you have been a magazine for 28 years, you see generations ebb and flow and meld and combine and all of the above. Peter Saul, a pop artist who has been actively showing for nearly 70 years and is one of the most influential figurative painters in America, has seen trends and tastes change so much that he is a barometer for which we look at how figurative art is appreciated.

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Anna Park
is part of a new generation pf painters who are pushing figurative works in an original way, a blend of abstraction and contemporary life. Her rise from New York Academy of Art to international exhibitions has been refreshing and unique, her charcoal works depicting chaos, a vantage point at the edge of debauchery.

Peter and Anna are kindred spirits, even though their subject matter is often different. There is an absurdity grounded in reality in each of their works. So to say Peter is passing a torch seems apt, and Anna is taking it and changing the way we look at American painting. The occasion that Saul was speaking with Park and Juxtapoz was his honoring at the New York Academy of Art’s Artists for Artists gala on December 14th, for his immense contribution to painting and the Academy itself. In this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Saul and Park talk about their affinity for figures, the climate for which they first began to show their artwork and why NYAA is such a fertile ground for art.

The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 078 was recorded on December 6, 2021 in Los Angeles and NYC. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz