Just in time for the Chinese Heritage Club Chinese New Year celebration on February 28th at Blakely Hall, artEast installed a new show featuring several talented Chinese artists. The show runs through the month of March. artEast is proud to represent artists who reflect the many cultures of the Issaquah Highlands. This show is just one example. Stop by Blakely Hall M-F, 8-5 to see this new and exciting exhibition.The artists’ inspirations come from so many different things; it’s wonderful to see this inspiration though the many different artistic styles. Xiang Zhang and Eddie Tang are just two of the artists who will be exhibiting their work in this upcoming show.
About Chinese painting
Chinese painting is one of the earliest forms of Chinese art. Artists use brushes dipped in black or colored ink to draw on rice paper or silk. Rice paper is a semi-transparentpaper, some of these papers have more absorption than others which can be used in different styles. The three styles of Chinese painting are detail, spontaneous, half-detail,and half-spontaneous. The detail style requires drawing with fine lines first to represent the objects, and then adding washes of ink and color layer by layer to achieve perfection.The floral paintings, which will be shown in the exhibition, use this technique.
Xiang Zhang started Chinese painting at an early age and won second and third place awards in two “Shuang Long Cup” national painting and calligraphy competitions in China. With a graduate degree in art and design Xiang moved to the U.S. at the end of 2009 and wanted to share Chinese art with the western world. Xiang feels that good art speaks to you. She wants you to share in the emotion of her paintings. Xiang has a passion for Chinese art and takes pride in her culture.
Eddie Tang has worked and lived in many places around the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S. He finds the language of visual art liberating, a universal denominator where he finds peace within and can truly be himself. A self-taught painter, he has learned to transcribe thoughts into tangible forms of art with a variety of tools such as credit cards, grass blades and more.