Recent Trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

I went to see the “Japanese Masters of the Brush” show and was so impressed with the sheer volume of the work. So many ink paintings, and the mounting was as integral to the pieces as the composition.

Ike Tiaga and Tokuyama Gyokuran create work with traditional themes interpreted in their own style, and I have to say I left the show inspired and refreshed.

Thomas Chimes a local Philadelphia artist had a collection of work on display titled “Adventures in ‘Pataphysics” where visitors had the opportunity to see the breadth of his artistic practice. Pop icons in metal collages, and expertly rendered paintings on panel shared the same gallery space. I share the fascination with representations of clean technology and organic ideals in his metal boxes.

Published by Pete Ippel

Pete Ippel, the son of a dancer and a musician, was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has been surrounded by the arts since birth. He moved to Morris, Illinois in 1989 and started to participate in athletics rather than dance. After high school, Pete attended Cornell University where he received a BA in psychology and a BFA in photo / digital art making. He continued to follow his sporting dreams in the high jump, which culminated in a school record leap of 7 feet 1/2 inch in 2001. In May 2004 he attained an MFA degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Presently Pete is a practicing artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New York, California, and internationally. Mr. Ippel resides in Working Artists Ventura, a sustainable artist community in southern California. In addition, he teaches art, is a web developer, an active blogger, and still high jumps from time to time. As a passionate problem solver and a pragmatic optimist, Pete’s art and his life are full of exciting challenges.

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