Lik Gallery at The River in Rancho Mirage
Two years ago, I was very pleasantly surprised to find a new gallery open in the large storefront across from The Cheesecake Factory at The River in Rancho Mirage. As I walked in, I was almost overwhelmed by the beauty of the many oversized photographs hung throughout the space. I later learned that they were all taken by the same person, the very able 52-year-old, award-winning Australian photographer Peter Lik. It didn’t take me long to remember that I had read all about him. Still, I so appreciated the refresher on this talented man, which was offered to me by the gallery’s very knowledgeable staff. (You may have also seen him on the NBC-produced television series, “On The Edge With Peter Lik.”)
Self-taught, Peter Lik has been in the U.S. since 1984, and now has 13 galleries scattered throughout the country. Shot with a medium-format camera (offering staggeringly sharp photos that can be blown up practically to room-size), his work focuses primarily on nature landscapes, with some super cityscapes thrown in for good measure. They are almost always displayed in simple and elegant olivewood frames. The lighting is quite spectacular and actually seems to change as the light focused on the art itself brightens or dims.
All this beauty doesn’t necessarily come without a price. Although a colorful collection of four coordinated 10” x 10” prints (called the Lik Element Pak) cost a mere $495, many pieces start in the $3000 range and skyrocket up from there. With the exception of the small 10x10s, all are signed and limited edition, with higher series numbers corresponding to higher prices. Recently, a one-of-a-kind single edition print sold for $1 million! Lik has now sold hundreds of millions of dollars of his artwork.
Regardless of your particular purchasing power, the next time you’re over at The River, take a walk through the Lik Gallery and peruse to your heart’s content. There are a few pieces that I have my eyes on, and sooner rather than later, I’m going to take the plunge and take one home. www.lik.com www.theriveratranchomirage.com