TOWN Ottawa November 2015
Artwork selected by LPM Projects for popular, local restaurant TOWN, in Ottawa, Canada, for the months of November/December 2015.
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PETER SHMELZER, LPM PROJECTS, CANADA
Peter Shmelzer is a figurative painter. Over the past three decades he has worked to create his own symbolic, visual language. His work manages to evoke so much of the human condition – its joy and despair – through the use of confused anatomy and bizarrely juxtaposed elements in his beautifully rendered paintings. In this new group of paintings he has managed to distill this visual vocabulary into a series of close cropped portraits that are as startlingly intimate and attractive as they are unnerving, the hallmark of all his work.
“Shmelzer’s visual language-one of airbrushed looking skin, gleaming eyes and pearly white smiles-is one we often see in magazines and advertising. But the artist completely subverts his viewers expectations of macho men and svelte ladies, presenting instead bodies that have been hybridized, compartmentalized and otherwise mutated.” High Fructose Magazine 2014.
Peter Shmelzer has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Canada and internationally. Recent highlights, below.
2014 The Infidels (group show) La Trampa Gallery Mexico City, Mexico
2013 Post Mortem (group show) La Perrera Gallery Santiago, Chile
2013 Never Alone (solo show) LPM Gallery Ottawa, Canada
2013 Transformer (group show) Saw Gallery Ottawa, Canada
2012 Flesh Garden (group show) YESSR 4 Gallery Buenos Aires & Santiago