Peter Anton (born 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American artist and sculptor. His primary subject matter is food with an emphasis on chocolates and other sweets. Often referred to as "Candy Warhol," Anton creates giant realistic sculptures and is best known for his "bigger than life" boxed chocolates.
At times Anton's studio can resemble a sweet shop since it is filled with dozens of real treats which he uses as models. His beginning process is to eat, smell, feel, study and dissect a new food over and over again in order to hyper-familiarize himself with the new subject. He then begins the long and tedious process of sculpting, carving, sanding, painting, and construction of his mixed media works.
On exhibit during Art Basel Miami in December 2012, Peter Anton's Sugar & Gomorrah was the world's first art installation where the viewer rode through an exhibition aboard an amusement ride. Sugar & Gomorrah was an actual roller coaster reworked into an art experience showcasing the juxtaposition between a sense of doom and the magical world of giant sweets. The attendees darted through a snaking tunnel up and down hills rapidly twisting and turning all while viewing a modern interpretation of the destruction of a Sodom and Gomorrah-like world created entirely by Anton. On the full-sized ride there was a backdrop of fire, dusty skeletons, tumbling pillars, nearly nude live models and a virtual candyland of gigantic treats—all while Lesley Gore's "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" played loudly. The ride was a visually stimulating experience, challenging the viewer to fall into temptations of food and the flesh. Attendees waited in long lines to experience the popular exhibition which ran continuously for six days.
Peter Anton's work is featured in private and corporate collections including Steven A. Cohen, the CEO of Sony, Sir Howard Stringer, Boston Red Sox owner Tom Werner, New York Yankees owner Barry Klarberg, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Sandra Lee, McLaren Automotive founder Ron Dennis, the Jordanian Royal Family, architect Sir Norman Foster, Oppenheim Bank, Breitling Watches, Raymond James Financial, and candy maker giant Perfetti Van Melle. His work is also in the permanent collection of museums including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri; the Copelouzos Art Museum in Athens, Greece; the Lisser Art Museum in Lisse, the Netherlands; the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock; the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville; the Portland Art Museum in Oregon and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
- Yann Walcker. "Abc d'art". Toulouse, France: Éditions Milan, 2018. ISBN 978-2745996114.
- Herwig Guratzsch. "Lieblingsbilder aus der Sammlung Grosshaus". Cologne, Germany: Walther Konig, 2013. ISBN 978-3-86335-345-2.
- Walther Konig. "Luscious Assortment: Kostliche Mischung aus der Sammlung Grosshaus". Schleswig, Germany: Schloss Gottorf, 2013. ISBN 3863352718, ISBN 978-3863352714.
- Dr. Barbara Willert. "Kunst mit Schokolade/Art with Chocolate". Heidelberg, Germany: Verlag Das Wunderhorn, 2012. ISBN 978-3-88423-408-2.
- Bartholomew F. Bland. I Want Candy: The Sweet Stuff in American Art. New York: Hudson River Museum, 2007. ISBN 978-0-943651-34-7.
- Sarah Tanguy. Sweet Tooth. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2002. ISBN 0-9712643-1-7.
- Dr. Stefanie Dathe. In Aller Munde. Burgrieden, Germany: Museum Villa Rot, 2010. ISBN 978-3-933614-58-2.
- Reinhard Spieler. "I Love Aldi". Ludwigshafen, Germany: Wilhelm Hack Museum, 2011. ISBN 978-3-86335-095-6.
- Caroll Michels. "How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul". New York: Allworth Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1621536130.
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- Unix Gallery, New York, NY
- Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Arcature Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL
- Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
- Davis-Klemm Gallery, Wiesbaden, Germany
- Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
- Gallery UrbanArt, Seoul, Korea