Whimsy characterizes Peng's scroll paintings

ART

October 25, 1991|By Christine L. Fillat

TOWSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Asian Arts Center's Roberts Gallery. Modern ink paintings by Yu Peng.

Yu Peng's paintings are all on scrolls, but that's where the similarity to traditional Chinese ink painting ends: He draws his inspiration from the bright colors of folk art and the two-dimensionality of ancient tomb rubbings, and his portrait subjects are disproportionately large to their environment. "For me his painting is some kind of subconscious style," says gallery director Suewhei Shieh, "whimsical, spontaneous, with not a lot of planning. . . . These works are very casual, with quick strokes. He didn't stop, [but] kept going until the painting was finished. They are very fresh, like how we see life." Through Nov. 2. Call 830-2807.

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World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. "Monet's Gardens: Photographs of Giverny"

Perhaps complementing the major exhibit of Monet paintings now at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Janet W. Connor presents a view of the gardens which inspired the impressionist artist in these 19 photographs. Ten of the works here are treated traditionally -- double matted and under glass. The other nine are placed in gilt wood frames and printed on matte paper, treating the photographs as one would paintings. Many of Connor's photos are in the archives at the Giverny museum. Through Jan. 20. Call 837-4515.

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