Leona Petrak and Yoko Asari

Leona Petrak with new paintings

Leona Petrak with new paintings

The Nanaimo Art Gallery downtown at 150 Commercial Street is presenting an exhibition featuring artists Leona Petrak and Yoko Asari. This exhibition runs until November 6, 2010. Leona Petrak’s current works include a series entitled Colour Fields 2010, celebrating oil paint, brush marks, colour, energy, rhythm, and poetry. Ambiguous space hovers between abstraction and somewhere recognizable. Mostly, this series invites intimate participation with reflections of memory and self. They are complete works inviting contemplation and meditation.

Leona Petrak is a local Ladysmith artist whose paintings in oils and multi-media include abstracts, abstractions, landscapes, and figurative studies inspired by travels, people, and nature. Being immersed in making art and art education all of her life, Leona has had many years of study and application. Currently inspired by colour theory, abstraction in composition, and the study of painters and paintings in the modern age, she is attracted to human life and nature in it pure and thoughtless form. Leona’s works are in private and corporate collections in North America, South America, Norway, and Australia.

Artist Yoko Asari finds inspiration in ordinary sights. She elaborates: “When I take a stroll in the street, some aspects in the street corner attract me. I capture the moment of the ordinary sight, which seems to speak to us for observing their presence more closely and be aware of the hidden beauty of such familiar view. I utilize the method of realistic painting depiction with the opaque watercolour, occasionally oil, which allows me to reach into invisible message of the subject. I would like to pursue and express the inner beauty, which often emerges from behind of the realistic expression. I feel it is fortunate for me to be surrounded with such fascinating subjects in this real world, and I will continue to quest the quiet beauty of such ordinary things in our daily life.” Yoko is an awarded artist, and her artworks are exhibited in galleries and exhibition halls and are loved by her clients in Canada, U.S.A. and Japan. For more information on this show, call 250-754-1750.