Desta Gallery presents: East West Rhythmical Harmony, featuring Anita Wong and Elizabeth Geisler
The public is invited to a meet and greet artist reception on April 7th from 6pm – 8pm.
PROF. ANITA YAN WONG
Mixed Media on Rice Paper
A Specialist in Modern traditional Chinese art and French Impressionism, is a long time pupil of 辛鵬九– a World-renowned Lingnan style master (嶺南畫派) and first pupils of Chao Shao An and Pu Hsin-Yu (Aisin-Gioro Puru), cousin of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China. Anita is the 4th generations of Lingnan leading painter, mastering both traditional and modern, western and eastern Arts, the artist calls her style Impressionist Lingnan Guo Hua, a mixture inspired by both traditional art from Asia and French Impressionism.
Anita received her B.A. (Honors) in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; her M.F.A. and M.A. in Digital Photography and Digital Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her works was featured on “N.Y. Arts” Magazine, Emmy Award Magazine and various local and International leading Art Magazines. She was awarded 1st place wall art by “Design within Reach” in Design Philadelphia Award. Prof. Wong gained her Electronic Media and Culture Professorship and Award Excellence Scholarship from Maryland Institute College of Art M.D. and was recognized “Teaching excellence honor” from the Art Institute. She also served as a reviewer and guest speaker at AIGA and SVA for Film & Television Director Bob Giraldi (best known for Michael Jackson “Beat it” music video) She is the youngest selected permanent member at Hong Kong International Art Club and Photography Club. Anita has served as a professor for over ten years before returning to a sole focus on her art in 2015.
Raised by her Mum, an expert in Chinese history, language and a Biologist, Anita started her formal training in Guo hua since age 5 with the World leading Lingnan master 辛鵬九. The young artist spent many hours caring and observing birds,, she has been captivated by their beauty where animals and nature became the subject to her art ever since. Anita Wong is a painter who combines the ancient art of Lingan Guo Hau and Impressionism to create her own unique art style.
Anita's recent works have been dealing with Individualism in the viewer’s eyes, patterns in nature and the roles of traditional art forms in the digital age inspired by an essay by German cultural critic Walter Benjamin entitled The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction.
She is an Asian American Artist archived by AAAC in New York City and AAA.org (Asia Art Archive Hong Kong China), her current works are featured on Neehao U.K. Magazine, Interview and Cover story of Artdependence Magazine. Her current research is a collaboration project with MAHB Stanford University with the goal of preserving and pushing the limits of Lingnan style Guo hua. Yale University China Hands Magazine described her paintings as “Traditional art form that questions the Modern Minds”.
ELIZABETH H. GEISLER
Acrylic on Canvas
Born in Los Angeles, Elizabeth Geisler is a California painter with a background in printmaking, photography, music, and film. Her work hangs in collections across the United States and shows in galleries throughout the San Francisco Bay area. She began painting at a young age, and while still in high school, was awarded a life drawing scholarship to the Otis College of Art and Design. In college she studied both visual arts and mass communications, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. She continued her art studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, Barnsdall Art College, and the City College of San Francisco.
Before returning to work full time as a painter, Geisler had a varied career in the entertainment industry and the corporate world. In Los Angeles, she worked in production at Entertainment Tonight, as a writer and editor for American Film magazine, and in the Story Development Department at the William Morris talent agency. Geisler then moved to San Francisco for a career in investor relations and corporate communications, using her writing and visual arts skills to market companies to investors and the general public.
Best known for her paintings of water and nightscapes, Geisler has a special affinity for light, shadow and reflection. Geisler’s water reflection paintings range from photorealistic to semi-abstract. Up close, the color use and brushwork read as abstraction, but from a distance, they blend into a more representational depiction. She often uses intense colored underpaintings that show through in varying degrees in the finished piece, which provides an added depth to her paintings.
Public Information: Artist reception is FREE and open to the public. For more information visit www.destagallery.com or call 415- 524-8932.
About Desta Gallery
Desta Gallery is a unique conceptual gallery focusing on the beauty of the creative arts, showcasing artists and artisans, many of which are renowned. The Gallery offers a design inspired balance of select paintings, photography, sculptures, ceramics and functional art. Desta is also known for its custom-blended organic teas and premium quality organic single-origin loose leaf teas which can be found in many Bay Area restaurants. The gallery hosts artist receptions, art workshops and private tea tastings with the idea of connecting communities, artists and collectors in an atmosphere that inspires creativity and stimulates the senses.