Perry Rath with his painting in Prince George last weekend

Perry Rath with his painting in Prince George last weekend

Local artist’s work on display at Canada Winter Games

A local artist has the opportunity to showcase his work on a larger stage during the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

A local artist has the opportunity to showcase his work on a larger stage during the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

Perry Rath, a Smithers Secondary School teacher, was one of 19 artists from northern B.C. selected to have their work on display at the Two Rivers Art Gallery located in downtown Prince George in the main Canada Games square.

According to Rath, the theme of the show is to represent the North artistically.

“I was one of the ones furthest out from that centre,” he said.

Five of Rath’s paintings, which he created for a show in Prince Rupert last year, are on display and represent his signature style.

“It’s an interpretive landscape painting where I use topographical maps as under layers and then photographs that I’ve taken of local areas when I’m on hikes,” he said.

“I embed photographs in the paintings and use a lot of texture to also convey a sense of the landscape and the way I divide up the picture plain and the canvas.

“There’s multiple elements of how humans comprehend a landscape.”

Rath travelled to Prince George late last week for the gallery opening last Saturday.

He said he has already had a lot of exposure and positive feedback from viewers.

“It was quite crowded with viewers and lots of people approached me to talk to me about the artwork,” said Rath.

“The show looks great there.”

The Canada Winter Games run from Feb. 13-Mar. 2, but the art exhibit will be on display until April 26.