Observations from the New Gold Mountain will feature work from Lu Yansheng, a visiting painter from Beijing, China. Complimenting his paintings will be a collection of work by talented, local artists Alan Lau, MalPina Chan, Kathy Liao, Lily Liu, Barry Wong and Ron Ho.
Come see how art, culture and personal experience are viewed through the eyes of contemporary Chinese and American artists in this multi-media exhibition.
Lu Yansheng: Lu Yansheng has a special appreciation for color. In his works, color composition takes on a unique character - bright yet elegant, complex yet integrated. More than 30 years ago, Lu Yansheng was a member of the Underground Arts Movement during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Since then, having experienced every aspect of the tumultuous history of contemporary Chinese art, he has sought to express in various ways the radical, rebellious mentality of the 1960s, as well as his particular understanding of the art scene during the Cultural Revolution. Being at the forefront of China's avant-garde art scene and based on his professional training at one of China's finest art institutions, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, he contributed in significant ways to the faceted artistic spirit of his generation and its times - a spirit that sought to combine and amalgamate the old and new, western and traditional Chinese elements of artistic expression.
Alan Lau: Born in 1948 in Oroville, California, Alan studied in Japan at the Nanga School in Kyoto and the University of California in Santa Cruz. He came to Seattle in the late 1970's and has exhibited regularly in solo and group shows in the area. Also a poet, he has had several works published. His paintings, sumi on paper, are also very poetic, predominantly black and white. Water, sky, rocks are often suggested.
MalPina Chan: MalPina Chan was born in California and received her BFA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Her work is a continuing investigation of the transitory nature of the human condition, our connection to each other and to the natural world. Her portfolio includes works on paper, glass, mixed-media, and artist books. She is a graduate of the Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development program and a recipient of an Artist Trust GAP (Grants for Artist Projects) in 2012.
Kathy Liao: My work is about relationships. I paint from observation and I want to become familiar with the various relationships that present themselves in front of me. The air, the color, the light, and the distance and space between the sitter and I shift week to week. More significantly, time moves on, and people’s lives change. In the end, I only hope to be truthful to what I see and to build upon that strange, unique, and, I believe, temporary relationship that transpires with each sitting.
Lily Liu: Growing up during the Cultural Revolution in China, art was unknown to me until the late eighties when a serious art collector exposed me to calligraphy, ink paintings and ceramics. This informal education motivated me to obtain a BFA in Ceramics and an MFA in Craft after I moved to North America. Working with both hard and soft materials offers me the challenge and freedom to explore my urge to stretch the limits of each. A hard object may be very fragile whereas a soft one could be extremely tough and sturdy. I strive to make each piece reflect the solitary repetitive processes and the passages of time I snatched from the reality of juggling the roles of teaching, being a mother of two young children, a wife and a driven artist.
Barry Wong: For his elegant and iconic Asian Still Life Series, Pulitzer Prize finalist photographer Barry Wong works with a palette of colors inspired by his heritage and draws inspiration from his experiences growing up in San Francisco’s Chinatown. His prints have been exhibited in Washington DC, at the Seattle Center and at the Wing Luke Asian Museum. His awards include prizes in the Pictures of the Year Competition and the International Photography Awards. Wong balances his fine art work with teaching – recently at Youth In Focus, an after school photography program for urban teens in Seattle, and this fall he will be the new photography teacher at Lakeside School.
Ron Ho: Ron Ho is a jeweler and honored art educator living in Bellevue, Washington. He grew up in Hawaii, surrounded by diverse cultures and their unique artistic expressions. But he was also born to traditional Chinese parents. His work has been influenced and informed by contrasts of American culture and Chinese culture and by the cultural diversity he now encounters, living in the Pacific Northwest.