Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe

Water and Stone: Julia Loken and Les Perhacs

Water and Stone: Julia Loken and Les Perhacs

aeonium by julia loken

Julia Loken

Aeonium

bird of the ancient sea by les perhacs

Les Perhacs

Bird of the Ancient Sea

Friday, May 23, 2014Saturday, July 5, 2014

1011 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM USA

The Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition, Water and Stone: Julia Loken and Les Perhacs, with an opening reception on Friday, May 23, 2014, 5-7 p.m.

Julia Loken was a botanical illustrator for 20 years, making pen –and-ink illustrations for cookbooks, before she started to paint professionally. In 1980 she turned her attention to watercolors and never looked back. Loken is based in Oxford, England, where the flower and vegetable garden surrounding her 200-year old collage provides a colorful supply of seasonal models for her botanical paintings. Since 2000, she has been a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and has had 18 solo exhibitions around the world and has participated in over 100 group exhibitions.

Sculptor Les Perhacs lives in Southern California. He attended Pratt Institute in New York and counted among his teachers, David Smith, Willem de Kooning and Buckminster Fuller. For thirty years Perhacs has been casting bronzes and sculpting stone to create animal forms (birds in particular) not stereotypically portrayed, but always with motion in mind. His new forms for this exhibit are both figurative and abstract. Perhacs has remarked, While the pieces in the show may seem to be disparate, the elements of the language of art I use are the same; the ultimate goal for all is motion and emotion. I’m always striving to achieve works that motivate the viewer to look further beyond the surface.”

Over the past forty years, Perhacs’ works have been shown and collected internationally. In 2000, Perhacs earned “Master Artist” honors from the Artists of America. Public placements include the San Diego international airport and Voorburg in the Netherlands.