The Nylen Galley at Picture This presents Peter Landa’s stylized take on the art of the Far East. “Happy Chinese New Year” opens with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 and will remain on view through Feb. 29.
In paintings and pen and ink drawings, Landa captures the rural motifs and signature characters of traditional Chinese and Japanese art and gives them a modern and colorful twist, Nylen says.
“Generally, my art has an historical timeline focusing on pre-World War II, before the postwar modernization of the Sixites,” Landa explains. “I’ve tried to capture some of the more rural, less urban feeling that was more prevalent then. The cultural and visual strands of the Far East are endless. So, if I can portray a small fiber of the ‘West Meets East’ genre with an acceptable interpretation, I’ll fell that I’ve accomplished something satisfying.”
Having spent more than three years in the Far East, Pete has an intimate knowledge of the people and landscapes there.