Peter Mo Woo @ MauiLotus Asian Arts Gallery
Wednesday 07 August @ 09:43:31
by Mathew Timmons
I often look into the blue skies of summer to gaze at clouds and wonder how anyone could capture them artistically. I had never seen the brush’s ability to capture the grace of clouds until I went to the MauiLotus Gallery in Uptown. Marilyn Allysum just celebrated the Grand Opening of her gallery this weekend with the work of Chinese landscape artist Peter Mo Woo.
Peter’s work runs the gamut of sensibilities, from the warm colors of “Autumn Scroll” to the cold, contemplative feel of “Cloud Valley,” and the lush serenity of “Flying Waterclouds.” He is the president of the Oriental Art Association, regarded as a master painter of cloud and mist and was awarded the 1999 Hong Kong Arts Award for his landscapes. Born in 1942 in the city of Hoi Ping in Canton Province of southern China, he has lived in San Francisco since he left China in 1964. He has been practicing his art for a quarter century and teaching his techniques for over a decade. Mr. Woo trained in the southern Ling Nan Style, known for its colorful approach, and has been shown in the U.S. and internationally in many exhibitions.
His work exhibits Peter’s belief that “painting must have rhythm and movement. The brush should be used to establish a structure in painting in the same manner as calligraphy.” Anyone familiar with this delicate style knows that “No sketches or preliminary drawing is done on the painting threshold. The artist allows the nature or spirit of the subject to spring forth. The essence of the delicate brush and paper does not allow one to modify the stroke without spoiling the whole picture.” In Peter’s work one is confronted with a vastness of space, which opens the mind and allows the imagination to insert its own figures into the composition. One piece that struck a deep chord with me was “Grand Canyon (Blue).” Peter’s interpretation of this American landmark left me staring into a revolutionary canvas of rugged thought. His work will provide you with the contemplative, blissful moments that go well with summer days.
Gallery owner Marilyn Allysum is already a successful businesswoman. She is the Director of Tilopa Tai Chi Center, which she founded in 1977. She brings her life’s philosophy to her new project. The mission of MauiLotus is “To bring people serenity and deep creative harmony as well as to give light to the Asian ways of balance which are exemplified by this style of work so that we can all grow and learn.” Lyndale Avenue is lucky to have Marilyn gracing the neighborhood with such beauty.
Exhibit continues through Oct. 30. MauiLotus Asian Arts Gallery, 2829 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-871-8282.