The Impressionist landscapes and interiors of Henry Peeters reveal
an artist with a strong sensibility towards color, classical composition
and a fresh insight into contemporary painting. Peters' painting
style is unique and personal. What attracts one immediately is the
light, as it pours out of each canvas and emanates from the objects
The wide range of the artist's subjects are steeped in this tempered
light, delicately bathed in fine impasto, the surrounding landscapes
rich in color.
The artist's country scenes in particular, exhibit strong interplay
of volume and light The oil is used to the fullest; both it?s color
and texture are incorporated into the form of leaves, wood, stone
and brick by Peters' exceptional control of his medium. Peeters stands
apart from many of today's painters by possessing the unique ability
to renew the language of Impressionism.
Drawing from Western culture's classic traditions, he provides us
with a refreshing and new vision of the modern world. The great success
Peeters' paintings have found in America is testimony to his great
skill as an artist. Henry Peeters spent the next two years exhibiting
his work in major cities throughout China and received many national
In 1974 Henry Peeters became an art director and set designer for a prominent
film studio. In 1978 he made the bold move to the United States where
he found immediate representation.
The artists's chosen subjects were realistically depicted cityscapes
and interior scenes, much in the style of Edward Hopper whom he greatly
admires. Still using his given name, Hing Biu found that his paintings
were well appreciated and eagerly collected. Yet after years of continued
and proven success, he soon found a need to create a new challenge
for himself. In effect, he felt that his versatility had gone untested
as he quickly established his reputation in the American art scene.
Moving from the flat surface of his realistic paintings, Peeters
gradually began working with various palette knife techniques to
develop his current style of impasto, impressionist painting. Initially
reluctant to sign his own name for fear that the public would not
agree to the idea that an artist could work in two such different
styles, he whimsically chose the name that would soon out shadow
his own: Henry Peeters.
With his unique handling of light and shadow, Henry
Peeters stands apart from today's Impressionist painters. His sensibilities
in color and composition are evident of his utmost achievement and
Drawing from both eastern and western cultures, he provides us with
a refreshing and new insight towards the world we live in. He creates
an almost ideal setting for the viewer to relax. Peeters paints mostly
from memory and emotion. His landscapes are places that can only
be visited in the mind, since they are blends of the real and imaginary.
Having his work recognized throughout the world has come as somewhat
of a surprise to this shy, unassuming painter.
Henry Peeters actually feels uncomfortable with the admiration that
has come to him during the past several years. On the other hand
he is able to enjoy that his paintings bring joy to the many people
who have collected the work throughout the years.