Forms of Nature
Paintings by Shyh-Charng Lo
July 7 - August 25, 2017
reception on Friday, July 7, 2017, 3-6pm
Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd is very pleased to present returning gallery artist Shyh-Charng Lo in his solo exhibition of oil paintings, Forms of Nature. Since moving to Vancouver nearly three decades ago, Shyh-Charng Lo, a self-taught artist, has developed a distinctly recognizable style of landscape painting using scenic vistas around his residence in the Point Grey area as both visual and emotional inspiration.
Serene, atmospheric, and sometimes a little dreamy, Shyh-Charng Lo's paintings are filled with ubiquitous mountains, sky, and water using a palette of muted and pastel colours and softly blended brushstrokes resulting in pared down details of the objects until they are almost abstract. The perspective of the paintings seem to position the artist himself as a quiet, meditative, and thoughtful observer of the landscape having an inner dialogue between himself and his surroundings.
Devoid of any people or animals, Lo's paintings sometimes include trees and shrubs from a neighbour's yard and occasionally, we catch a tiny corner of a neighbour's roof peeking through the trees. However, it is the mountains and the water which from a distance look like staggered layers of beautifully torn coloured tissue paper that is the artist's main preoccupation. According to Lo, “Mountains and water have become a metaphor for a mixture of my childhood memories and a man's nostalgia.” The oil paintings do convey a sense of nostalgia but do not make visual reference to any particular time period; the only reference to time is the title of each work which Lo names according to the day that he starts painting the piece, marking the genesis of the work.
in Nagano, Japan and raised in Taiwan, Shyh-Charng
Lo has a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in
Anthropology and Archaeology as well as a Master of
Museum Studies. After working at the Royal Ontario
Museum in Toronto for about a decade, Lo
moved to Vancouver to become a full-time a artist.
Since then, he has exhibited extensively across the
Pacific in Canada and throughout Asia as well as
publishing several catalogues of his work. Lo's
work can be found in public collections in Canada,
USA, Singapore and Taiwan.
Art Beatus, with a location in Vancouver, Canada and two locations in Hong Kong, showcases international art with a focus on contemporary Chinese art. Art Beatus (Vancouver) is located in the Nelson Square Office Tower at 108 – 808 Nelson Street in Vancouver, BC.
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