Exhibit date: May 3 – June 30, 2018
Address: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
Reception: May 12, 2018. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Deborah L. Osborn
Download the PDF Artists’ work Long Beach to see a painting by each artist.
Gallery only opens surrounding performances, Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m.
Traditional Chinese Brush Painting has developed continuously over a period of more than six thousand years. It is an art of expressing one’s emotion and feelings through brush, ink and rice paper. Through the years, with the influence of Western art, modern Chinese brush painters have often mixed several colors or mixed their colors with black inks. Such techniques have been widely adopted and further developed in the contemporary period.
Chinese brush artists use their imaginations to paint expressive interpretations of nature while staying true to the Taoist philosophy of achieving harmony with nature. Chinese painting also uses the power of suggestion to capture the essence of objects. Thus, Chinese artists use simplified brushstrokes (lines and dots) to delineate subjects as they see and feel them. Another special characteristic of Chinese painting is that the white space is an important value to create balance, simplicity and serenity. This enables the audience to use their imaginations to interpret the scene.
A successful artist in Chinese painting is the one who applies not only excellent brush and ink techniques but also presents a painting with inspiration. This can only be achieved by an in-depth feeling and understanding of the painting subject as well as a harmony with nature. That’s why people says that a good painting must be painted by artist with his soul (heart), and spirit. Art in Chinese contains two words 藝術. 藝 means art with inspiration, and 術 means techniques. If a person is only good in art techniques but has no inspiration, this person can only be called a craftsman.
Due to these special characteristics, a beginner of a Chinese brushing painting would be better to start off by copying of masters’ paintings in order to sense the sprit and harmony of nature presented in the paintings. Gradually, this artist will accumulate enough experience to create his own masterpiece.