Art and Photography of the Far East
Exhibit by: Peter Landa
May 16, 2011 - June 16, 2011
Pete Landa has spent more than three years in the Far East. He lived in both Japan and Korea and traveled extensively in China and Southeast Asia where he gained an appreciation for the art, culture and everyday scenes of the region.
After arriving in Japan he spent time as an artist in Tokyo on the Pacific Stars and Stripes Newspaper and was also afforded the opportunity to study under the Master Woodcut Artist Hiratsuka. This background plus the general influence of other Asian artists inspired and influenced both his style and subject matter. Landa works mostly with pen and ink and makes prominent use of Chinese characters in his art depicting the intimate details of everyday life of farmers, fishermen, and village marketers.
On returning to the U.S. he worked as a free lance artist in New York as an illustrator-designer. Later he was employed by the Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Publishing house as the Vice President and Creative Director. Some of his notable achievements there included the design of coffee-table art books, posters, and a Livre Deluxe.
Commenting on his art, he said "Spending time in the Far East allowed me the opportunity to observe firsthand the culture of today but also it opened my eyes to the past history of the region. The changes and upheavals of the last two centuries in virtually all of the Asian countries, and the speed in which they transformed themselves from pre-Medieval times to modern day, inspired and fascinated me. Being there and witnessing just a small part of this evolution has been very rewarding and enlightening."
"Generally my art has an historical timeline focusing on pre-World War II, before the postwar modernization of the 1960s. I've tried to capture some of the more rural, less urban feeling that was more prevalent then than now. 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 feel that I've accomplished something satisfying."