Tonight's opening of the artworks of Peter Juvonen at the Ryan James Gallery in Bellevue was the first one-day, one-man show this writer has ever attended. If you weren't there, you missed it.
According to Ryan James Toruk the gallery owner, the show is for one day only and will come down tomorrow. Ryan said he wants to have ongoing functions at the gallery so it will be a destination location for happenings in Bellevue. "There will always be something new and exciting to see", said Ryan. Currently the gallery represents 40 artists so there is quite a variety of styles and materials available for sale.
Meanwhile if you missed the show don't fret you can still see Peters paintings at the gallery just not as many pieces at one time. His colorful abstracts are clearly a strong focus of the artist. Other figurative paintings marked a surrealistic realism mostly in warm neutral tones. The compositions of confetti like shapes swirl around in a playful meditation of similarity, they appear to be a visual chant rising and falling upon a bright color scheme.
Peter was born in Finland; he is self-taught and has been painting for over 30 years. He has had his paintings in Art in America, Metropolitan Home and the Seattle Times. His work is in many northwest collections. He also has a website that is easily accessed at http://peterjuvonen.com/.