His work has been described as “jazz music carved into wood,” and you can check it out at Deer Lake Gallery.
The gallery is hosting a new outdoor exhibition, Masks from my Mind, featuring the work of Peter Lattey. It opens on Saturday, July 6 – during the gallery’s Summer Arts Festival – and runs to Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Lattey is also leading a demonstration on July 6 at 11 a.m. at the gallery.
A press release about the work notes Lattey’s work has been influenced by the many places he has lived and travelled. He grew up in a small town in the Okanagan, surrounded by mountains, pine trees, sage brush and lakes, and developed a love for wood and natural forms at an early age.
He studied art and architecture at the University of British Columbia in the 1960s and 1970s, and he has travelled extensively in Europe, studying in Italy. His travels took him to Papua New Guinea in the early 1970s, and local art and carvings there had a great influence on his work.
In the 1990s, Lattey lived in the Vancouver Island rainforest, surrounded by giant trees and totem poles, and he then moved to L.A. in 1999.
“The raw wood for his works comes from the exotic urban forest of Los Angeles. Trees that are being cut down, firewood yards and construction sites are all mines for his raw gold,” says the release. “Each piece shows something of its origins combined with a feeling that comes from within him.”
The release says Lattey’s works are tactile and meant to be touched with the hands, as well as with the eyes.
“They speak to the emotions and the soul of the audience that can sometimes be verbalized, sometimes not,” it says. “They are sensuous, and some have been described as ‘visual lovemaking.’ You may feel that his pieces ‘remind you of something.’ When this happens, they have connected with a part of you that resonates with a part of Peter, the artist. The mystery of that emotional or intellectual connection is what Peter strives to achieve.”