03 Feb Herman Pekel
Lost Bear Gallery presents a sublime exhibition of watercolour paintings by Melbourne-based artist Herman Pekel.
Pekel has been painting professionally for over 40 years and is predominantly known for his tonal street scenes and his sensitive portrayals of the Australian landscape. An abundantly gifted artist who is remarkably skilled in different mediums, he is unquestionably better known for his oil paintings. Yet it is with watercolour that he peerlessly demonstrates a mastery beyond reproach.
Pekel takes us on a journey with this divine collection. Comparable with his oils, these watercolour paintings are characterised by graceful fluidity and mesmerising light; some in brilliant contrasting colours, others nuanced with harmonising warm grey-green hues.
A prolific painter who is always experimenting and pushing boundaries with supreme confidence, Pekel paints without inhibition in this medium. There are no second chances with watercolour; the artist tempers spontaneity with intuitive control. His gestural approach to subject invites the viewer in, yet offers scope for interpretation and imagination.