George Byrne & Peter Opheim

Constructing a New World






Constructing a New World: George Byrne & Peter Opheim


Artist | George ByrnePeter Opheim

Duration | October 20 – December 3, 2020 (10:00-19:00 Closed on Mondays)

Venue | Powen Gallery map


Australian artist George Byrne currently lives and works in Los Angeles. With a background in the art school and inspired by New Topographics, he uses the concept of painting to reorganize the image materials developed by film cameras to construct a new orderly universe.


The harmony, tranquility, and sunshine in the picture comes from his feeling for Los Angeles and his tribute to the sun. This city with an average of more than 280 days of sunshine annually, provides him with creative inspirations and energy. Palm trees, brick walls, parking poles and billboards, all the elements seen in life become a beautiful collection under the sweet pastel color.


New York artist Peter Opheim based his creation on the concept of fantasy creatures, has constructed a world of elves. So far, he has created more than a thousand characters and none of them have repetitive features. Opheim started with clay sculptures; he first gave these small creatures a form, and then painted them with clear portraits. His inspiration came from people in real life.


Because Opheim has decades of experience in abstract painting, he retains a unique freestyle of abstract painting in the brushstrokes and texture details of these elves. It is significantly different from the general figurative painting brushwork, exuding an aura of fantasy and harmony.


Baudelaire said: "A multitude of small delights constitute happiness." The works of George Byrne and Peter Opheim draw inspiration from everyday neglected surroundings. The beauty and innocence transformed between the real and the fiction affect each of us.