Looking at Peter Opheim works is like observing out of this world characters come to life. They seem to transform into totally different creatures when observed from different angles. With short but forceful brushstrokes, his characters look animated and frenetic in their actions. His paintings take on a clay-like three-dimensional quality, especially when observed from a distance.
The pieces collected here are recently shown at Powen Gallery, Taipei. For more info, please contact the gallery. This is the first time that the artist exhibited in Asia.
You can see more of the artist’s works on his website.
Opheim starts by creating models from regular clay. When he’s done, he makes another model from polymer clay. He then bakes them at 135 degrees to harden the clay. The paintings are then made and the regular clay models destroyed. These smaller paintings come with polymer clay models. Once they are acquired by a collector, they are transported in a wooden box with the character’s name engraved on the lid.