Booth Number: 308
Location: Irvine, CA
About the Artist: Chen’s paintings include applying Chinese techniques to interpret American Southwest landscapes.
Unlike the dramatic changes of attitude and techniques in the west – classicism, romanticism, impressionism and many modern movements – little revolutionary growth has occurred in traditional Chinese painting, or Guohua (national painting), since its development during the Sung dynasty (1000-1200s).
Chinese ink and brush painting interfaces with many elements – poetry, calligraphy, seals – and expresses Chinese cultural ideals and values. Beyond the aesthetic, most of the narrative or pictorial works embody morals and illustrate social functions. Paintings often employ symbolism and retell stories and legends of heroes and religions, or may depict famous landscapes and familiar poems.