This October, join us and embark on a grand visual odyssey, resplendent in all of the beauty, inspiration, pain, adversity, and horror afforded by the human condition. Wielding his paintbrush, the mixed-media artist ZheKa ladens his canvas thick with images of fevered dreams, oscillating between despair and grace. Out of this surrealistic landscape he conjures up a myriad of narratives, where every thought leads to a new discovery. Join us at Lebanon Picture Frame & Fine Art Gallery for the Artist’s Reception, First Friday, October 7th from 5 – 8 PM. The exhibition will be available on view until the end of November.
For the past twenty-three years, the artist simply known as ZheKa has made Central PA his home and worked as a family-based mental health therapist for eleven years. As a college student, the budding artist fell in love with the open spaces and the deep wooded areas surrounding Huntingdon. The fabled “Penn’s Woods” cast its spell and its natural beauty energized and stimulated ZheKa’s creative passions. The artist utilized various mediums and methods; his creations are usually a mix between painting and sculpture or a combination of the two. There is an added layer of psychological intrigue fused in his body of work. Sometimes nightmarish, the conflict that unfolds on the canvas reveals a surreal, abstract landscape with figures displaying contorted facial expressions. However, the tension is masterfully balanced with a glimmer of beauty, hope, and triumph over adversity. The featured artist considers himself to be not so much a painter but rather more of a storyteller of the human condition. “I tend to reflect on life a lot,” remarked ZheKa, “I am curious by nature and enjoy learning as well as being taken over by a great story. In my art I try to do just that, to go on a journey of thought and imagination and perhaps, be swept away by the beautiful discovery at the end.”
Lebanon Picture Frame & Fine Art Gallery has been serving the regional artistic community since 1999. Aside from professional and quality archival custom framing, its gallery regularly features exhibitions of local artists, as well as unique handcrafted gift items such as jewelry, paintings, ceramics, sculptures and more.