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Monday, October 10, 2011

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Peter Max is back. And he’s painting ship hulls. Psychedelic specs, anyone?

The pop icon of the 1960s, whose art work became part of the psychedelic movement, has immortalized his style in paintings and on aircraft, stages, stamps and more. He’s painted for Presidents, Olympics and the United Nations.

 Postage stamp designed by Peter Max in 1974

 Smithsonian Institution

In 1974, the US Postal Service commissioned Max to design the first 10-cent stamp in honor of Expo ’74, the environmentally themed world’s fair in Spokane, WA.

Now, on the eve of his 74th birthday, he’s taking on a ship hull for the first time.

Cruise Line Commission

Norwegian Cruise Line has commissioned Max to paint the signature hull artwork for its newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, scheduled for delivery in April 2013. This is the first time Norwegian has asked a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of its ships.

The ship will homeport year-round in Max's adopted hometown of New York City.

 Norwegian Cruise Ship Breakaway

 Norwegian Cruise Line

The hull of the Breakaway will be Peter Max’s next canvas.

"Since Norwegian Breakaway will be making her home in New York, we felt it was fitting to ask the artist best associated with New York, Mr. Peter Max, to paint the ship's hull," said Norwegian’s CEO, Kevin Sheehan. "I am a huge fan of his work and know that the art he creates for Norwegian Breakaway will make the ship instantly recognizable."

A Large Canvas

With paintings on exhibit worldwide, Max and his vibrant colors and style have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture. He has been called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist and the United States' "Painter Laureate."

Norwegian says Max is excited by the hull gig.

 Norwegian Cruise ships with flashy painted hulls

 Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Lines is known for its flashy ship hull designs.

"I love painting large canvases,” he said in a press release. “I've painted a plane and a stage for Woodstock, but never a ship. I love ships and have travelled on them many times in my life. To see my artwork floating on Norwegian Breakaway out at sea will be a dream come true."

‘Cosmic Brownies’

Max, born Peter Max Finkelstein, was born in Nazi Germany, and his family fled to the United States when he was a baby.

Best known for his 1960s “Cosmic Brownies” art style, Max has created works for six U.S. presidents; murals for the U.S. border; a 600-foot stage for the Woodstock Music Festival; the covers of Verizon's New York City yellow and white pages; and a giant mural unveiled at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

 Wikimedia Commons

 Wikimedia Commons

Peter Max once designed a livery for one of Continental Airlines ’ Boeing 777-200ER. The livery was removed in 2007-08.

He has also been designated Official Artist of five Super Bowls, six Grammy Awards, World Cup USA, The World Series, the United Nations Earth Summit, and numerous other events.

Currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Germany, Norwegian Breakaway will be 144,017 gross tons and have 4,000 passenger berths.


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