MIHAELA IOANA ATOMEI
Joy and Peace
As winter gets underway in Chicago, Lotton Gallery hosts its annual Holiday Show featuring new works by its international roster of artists. The pieces include still lifes, figures and cityscapes that highlight each individual’s worldly points of view. Included will be works from Yana Movchan, Dmitri Danish and Tang Wei Min, to name a few.
“This is the busiest time of year in Chicago,” says gallery director Christina Franzoso. “Lotton Gallery’s Holiday Show is an anticipated event, bringing collectors from all over the Midwest.” Danish will present his newest painting Walk in the Rain, a 20-by-12 inch canvas that depicts an umbrella-holding figure strolling through a quaint Italian city. For the artist, the scene incited peace and tranquility, relaxation and leisure. “Quiet autumn rain always brings me to the lyrical mood,” shares the artist. “The state of the city after the rain inspires saturation of color and humidity. The city breathes in a different way.”
In his most recent series of paintings, Chinese artist Wei Min focuses on the Longshan girls, who
live in “Dragon Mountain,” which is part of the Hunan Province in China. “It is one of the oldest regions of the Yellow River population, known from the third century for its wonderful pottery,” he explains. “It is also known for smart and resourceful women, and young, brave and handsome Chinese men loved to choose brides in this region.”
Among Wei Min’s paintings from the series are the portraits Longshan Girls: Betrothed and Longshan Girls: Village Beauty. Of the latter painting, he says, “When I saw this young woman, almost a girl, in her teen years, I felt fascinated by the wisdom in her eyes. Her inner beauty combined with her wisdom—passed probably from many previous generations—is what drew me to her.”
In all, the Holiday Show, which runs throughout the month of December, will feature around two dozen paintings.
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