Leslie Lovell, Savannah GA

Peter Loose - Folk Art

“I paint because it makes me happy. I paint because I love all the creatures of the earth. Painting can make you happy too. Enjoy this and more.” That is what self-taught artist Peter Bongo Loose offers in the way of a biography. Peter is also a huge animal lover and has a wide collection of creatures/pets at his home ranging from pythons to huge turtles, goats, dogs, and cats.

Loose arrived in Georgia when he began working for the state park service at the Athens Sandy Creek Nature Center. Shortly thereafter, he began to express himself through paint, depicting his personal interpretations of the natural world on found objects like canvas, roofing shingles, window screens, and discarded wooden boards. He is known for his incorporation of texture (coffee beans, peanut shells, repetitive dots) and vivid dot patterns. Loose and his wife, Sandy Loose-Schrantz, have also written and illustrated two children’s books: Bongo is a Happy Dog and Bongo Has Many Friends. His work can be found in the permanent collection of Savannah’s Telfair Art Museum and at the American Visionary Art Museum.