January 19 – February 25, 2018
“While being absorbed in the process and colors in my work, I explore my association of ideas and images between the natural and spiritual worlds. I fancy the timeless places where they converge.”
Peter Mak of Hastings, MN, enjoys a variety of art techniques, including ceramic sculpture, digital photography, printmaking, drawing, and painting in oil and in watercolor. He received his BA from Valley City (ND) College in 1976, his MFA from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, in 1986, and his Doctorate of Fine Arts from Royal Melbourne (AUS) Technical Institute. He has taught at Hong Kong Institute of Education and, since 2004, at University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he is now Professor of Art (Painting and Drawing).
Many of my earlier (1970-1990) three-dimensional works (ceramics) were intended to be humorous, funky and Pop Art related. Some of my lithograph and intaglio prints were illustrative of these sculptural objects. I once did research on “urban space” and about men’s pursuit in city dwellings. Digital photography, mixed-media drawings and installation became effective means of expression for me for a while. My more recent interest has been returning to the beautiful medium of watercolor, its washes, spirit, and simplicity. I take inspiration from my recent travels to the mountainous regions of Tibet (Shangri-La) where I experienced the landscape, people, their religion, culture, architecture, clothing and colors.
Mak has participated in many shows across the US and in Asia. He had solo shows at Jockey Club Ti-I College Art Gallery, Fotan, Shatin, Hong Kong; HKIEd Art Gallery, Hong Kong; Macau (China) Military Club Gallery; Artland Gallery, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Cornucopia Art Center, Lanesboro, MN; Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; and Second Crossing Gallery, Valley City (ND) State University. His awards include Winner at 40th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (2006) and Award of Excellence at 7th Annual Photographic Process International Art Exhibition, 2005.