Guest Post from the wonderful and talented Lora R. Fisher, Creative Director of Galri Montaj…
As a curator, every so often an artist appears with works that strum a special chord. Li Tie is one of those artists, and his series The Open Road is a song that — happily — gets stuck in my head.
His subject matter, masterful compositions, and rich color palette are a natural, for me and for Galri Montaj. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, U.S., I can attest to the fact that his artwork goes directly to the heart of life in rural Oregon. Leaning against a fence and admiring the shape of a barn and the peaceful presence of cows, while watching clouds as they shape-shifted across the sky, was one of my favorite pastimes as a child on our small farm — and still is. When viewing Li Tie’s landscapes I recall the peace of the countryside that was free for the taking. For me, Li Tie’s paintings are fond memories.
“For me, Li Tie’s paintings are fond memories.”
Li Tie has traveled his own open road to get to where he is today. Growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, he now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he creates engaging works of art that celebrate the beauty of rural Oregon. With brilliant color harmonies, dramatic compositions, and approachable subjects, Li Tie’s landscapes evoke the promise of the next horizon, the value of human endeavor, and the romance of rural America.
About Li Tie…
Li Tie grew up in Beijing and studied classical painting and drawing while in middle school. He was profoundly influenced by the realism that was prominent during China’s Cultural Revolution, which attempted to remove all traces of traditional Chinese art and replace it with images that promoted cultural pride and human endeavor. As a young adult, Li Tie immigrated to the United States and enrolled in the School of Art, Design and Art History at San Diego State University, where he received a Masters of Fine Art degree. Following graduation, he moved to Portland, Oregon and fell in love with the beauty of the country surrounding the city. His work comes from his heart, inspired by the endless country roads of Oregon.
About Galri Montaj
The arts provide countless opportunities to enrich our communities, while supporting the intellectual development of our children. Numerous studies demonstrate that the arts enhance learning and increase engagement in the classroom, while providing opportunities for creative collaboration. In other words, the arts are good for us.
The passion that artists exhibit to unite and uplift through the arts, to protect the environment, and to stimulate and support community engagement, are my inspiration. It’s an honor to be a part of the life-changing experience of the arts.
Our goal is to provide an accessible and visually engaging platform for exhibiting your artwork, with a focus on getting your work ‘out there’ and in front of collectors. If you are an artist looking for representation, contact us with a link to your digital portfolio for a no-cost review. It will be our pleasure.
~Lora R Fisher
Creative Director, Galri Montaj Contemporary Art