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April 30, 2008 > Ancient art of Chinese brush painting

Ancient art of Chinese brush painting

Submitted By Lucinda Bender

You won't want to miss the May Fremont Art Association (FAA) meeting when artist Arthur Mu-sen Kao demonstrates traditional Chinese brush painting. This ancient art with a history of more than 2000 years has a very rich cultural content and a great variety of styles and subjects. Each period has unique style and aesthetics; every artist a particular and special achievement. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Chinese brush painting has gone through waves of artistic revolution due to Western influences and the impact of modern culture.

Chinese brush painting can be classified into two categories: traditional and modern; the latter underscores personal creativity in style, technique, subject and expression. Modern style is not suitable for demonstration because every painting has its own process of creation, requiring significant self-exploration to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

Within traditional Chinese brush painting, there are two basic styles known as "gongbi" (the elaborate) and "xie'I" (the expressive). Gongbi is usually applied to paintings of figures, animals, birds, and flowers while xie'i can be applied to all subjects - an art form suitable for demonstration. Kao will give a brief introduction to painting in different styles and then focus on basic skills of ink painting in the traditional xie'i style:

Kao's traditional paintings reveal solid training in drawing, calligraphy and humanity studies of history, philosophy, poetry, etc. His modern style works express creativity including modern aesthetics, themes, and ideas.

Internationally recognized, Kao paintings have been exhibited in Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, China and the United States.

Ancient art of Chinese brush painting
Wednesday, May 7
7 p.m.
FAA Art Gallery
37659 Niles Blvd., Fremont
Refreshments will be served.

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