Exhibit May 3 – June 30, 2018 at Long Beach Playhouse

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.

Artists:
Bea Gee
Bonny Lay
Deborah L. Osborn
Nadine Rubio
Kimiko Yamamoto

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.

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2015 Exhibit at the Chinese Cultural Center, El Monte, CA

December 19 and 20, 2015
10am – 5pm

Chinese Cultural Center
9443 Telstar Ave., El Monte, CA  91731

Master James Chen and students from Cerritos (ABC Adult School), Baldwin Adult School, and Rosemead Garvey Center cordially invite you to view their Chinese brush paintings.  Students are from different countries, race and ethnic backgrounds.  Works shown will include flowers, birds, and landscape scenes.

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May 16-30, 2014 ABC District Office

My three paintings “Two Jumping Koi,” “Six Cranes,” & “Three Friends of Winter” are on display at the ABC Unified School District Office (16700 Norwalk Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703),  May16-30, 2014, for public viewing. 

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Painting Display & Sale, Mother’s Day weekend, 2014

My daughter will be displaying many of my paintings on Mother’s Day weekend.
The paintings will also be for sale.

May 10-11, 2014
11am – 4pm
Mountain View, CA

Please contact me if you need details.

Open Studios 2010

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2013 Exhibit at the Chinese Cultural Center, El Monte, CA

November 30 and December 1, 2013
10am – 5pm

Chinese Cultural Center
9443 Telstar Ave., El Monte, CA  91731

Master James Chen’s students from ABC, El Monte-Rosemead, and Baldwin Park adult schools will be exhibiting their Chinese brush paintings.  Students come from different countries, with different race and ethnic backgrounds.  Works shown will include orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, plum blossom, flowers, birds, and landscape scenes.

This will likely be my contribution to the exhibit.

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October exhibit at Cerritos Library

The City of Cerritos is taking part in National Arts and Humanities Month celebrated in October by displaying artwork in the Cerritos Library and on the City’s website.  I am a student at ABC Adult School in Cerritos, and one of my paintings was chosen to be displayed.  It will be displayed throughout October (2012) in the main corridor of the library.

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Exhibit at the Chinese Cultural Center, El Monte, CA

For the celebration of the Centennial of the Republic of China, you are invited to attend the exhibition of Chinese Brush Painting.

March 26 and 27, 2011

Chinese Cultural Center
9443 Telstar Ave., El Monte, CA 91731

Exhibition of Master James Chen’s students are from different countries, race and ethnic backgrounds.

I will be exhibiting three paintings.

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