93 year-old Master Artist G. Otto will headline a new exhibit at the Gallery on the Lake. The artist is known for his dramatic seascapes; striking florals; colourful still-life and inspiring landscapes….in sizes ranging to four feet by eight feet.
"Visions of Beauty" will showcase his trademark creations and include some pieces created within the last two years…after he turned 90 years old.
Guttorn Otto was born in Poland into a family steeped in a background of art and music. His father, a Lutheran minister, was also an accomplished artist and musician who encouraged his children in the study of these cultural pursuits. Still in his teens, Guttorn decided to concentrate his efforts in fine art and to make his career in this field and he spent several years in concentrated study with some of Europe's most noted teachers. He travelled extensively throughout Europe painting landscapes and studying the techniques of many European artists.
Guttorn Otto came to Canada with his family in 1952 and settled in Toronto, which is still his home base. Since then he has travelled across the country many times, finding inspiration from the endless variety of the Canadian landscape. A lover of nature in all its myriad forms, his works display a freshness and spontaneity typical of the best primavera artists. He confines his work to two basic media, oils and watercolour. In addition to his landscape paintings, Mr. Otto is particularly noted for his striking florals, still life, and seascape paintings.
He has held many successful one-man exhibitions across Canada, the U.S., and Germany. His paintings are in galleries and private collections around the world.
At the age of 93 he is starting to slow down. However , he still tends his garden, plays the cello, and discusses philosophy when he is able.
The exhibit opens June 02 and will run to June 29th . The Opening Reception and Meet the Artist will be held June 2, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Gallery on the Lake is located on County Road #36, 3kms east of Buckhorn. Call 657-1108; toll-free 1-888-242-7475 Click Here to View The Virtual Tour