Crossing Cultures: Landscapes and Portraits by Li Tie
January 17 • 10:00 am - February 26 • 5:30 pm• Free
Lush, expansive meadows, snow-capped mountains, ominous storm clouds dominating over the landscape below… These are just a few of the things often depicted in Li Tie’s art. First trained at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China, Li received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking at San Diego State University. Since then, he has made a home in the Pacific Northwest. Regardless of where he lives, Li feels the pull of the landscape, particularly in rural areas. He appreciates the stillness found there, which “brings calmness, tranquility, peace, and sometimes loneliness.” After these visits, he works from memory to recreate the landscapes because it allows him to more freely make artistic decisions and to focus on his own vision and interpretation of the locales.
Another common theme in Li Tie’s paintings and drawings is people. In recent years, his inspirations come from the Native Americans whom he meets on his journeys throughout the Northwest. These portraits are another way for Li to strive for beauty in his work by being true to himself and his ideas and dreams.
Li Tie’s art has been widely exhibited in China and the United States, including California, Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He has won commissions for public art projects in Oregon and California and is also included in Transience: Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, a catalog for an exhibit of contemporary Chinese art at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum.
Image: Blue Mountain, oil on canvas, 36” x 24”.