About The Event
The exhibition aims to explore global multiculturalism, highlight the concepts and beauty of Chinese culture, and promote the cooperation in culture and commerce. With the delegation of artists and entrepreneurs, it has been hosted in 11 countries since 2014, including United Kingdom, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, etc.; and participated in some major events, such as G20 Summit, being covered by many mainstream media.
Colour&Ink 2019 has featured some of the masterpieces from Chinese leading artists exclusively, such as:
The first show overseas ever from Chinese Zen culture - the 1:1 out of print reproduction of "Thousand Buddhas" from the Qing Dynasty which has been recognised as the first treasure map and encyclopedia of Buddhist images in the world;
Art pieces by the creator of the 100-meter scroll of the Opening of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - "The Peony Angel”, Lin Meng;
Two times being exhibited at the Louvre, Paris - "Flying Apsaras" and "Silk Road" by the ceramic relief master, Yajin Wang.
Curated By Zuhong Shen
Shen is a curator, artist, and the founder and planner of the Chinese Culture Goes Global Art Tour. His calligraphy works have been collected by many diplomats, embassies and consulates. He is also the famous host of Chinese Celebrity Interview, who won ‘The Most Influential Media Award’.
Gunapeng Ding, Artist
Ding was a Chinese painting master in Qing Dynasty, proficient in painting Buddhas and gods. His hand-written work "Thousand Buddhas" is recognised as the first treasure map and encyclopedia of Buddhist images in the world. Regrettably, the original work is not exhibited to the public. This 1:1 out-of-print is exclusively authorised by the Buddhist Culture and Arts Committee of the Chinese Culture Promotion Association of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and shown for the first time overseas in Melbourne.
Lin Meng, Artist
Meng graduated from the China Academy of Art and studied in Singapore and Japan. She enjoys the reputation of “China's First Peony”, known as the “Peony Angel”. She is the main creator of the 100-meter scroll of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Her works, especially peony paintings, have become sought after and collectible artworks. Meng is also a highly respected Chinese artist internationally. Her works have been exhibited across the globe and received many awards as well as being presented as national gifts to international leaders.
Renmin Zhu, Artist
Zhu is a professor at Zhejiang University, was born in an extremely prominent family of artists. His grandfather was Tianshou Pan, a top master of modern Chinese art. From the Chinese tradition of ink painting to ecological restoration, Zhu embarked on a crusade to save modern China’ s landscape over the past 3 decades, by applying his unique art-based approach. Zhu puts his experience and mastery of literature, painting, sculpture, and calligraphy at the service of saving the environment, cultural heritage, and completed nearly RMB100 billion worth of restoration projects. He also brought traditional Chinese painting into the contemporary period and expanded its use to design plans and architectural projects. He has won China’ s highest awards for artistic achievement and international awards for green design. As a pioneer and early practitioner in the eco-landscape design, in the 1980s Zhu started to build the discipline of Human Ecological Restoration with the aesthetic concepts of “saving the environment through art” and the theory of “spiritual, natural, and cultural ecology.” For over three decades, Zhu has toiled to rehabilitate the most forsaken of landscapes destroyed by man, e.g. deserted islands, denuded cliffs, polluted canals, even the Yellow River.
Ling Zhu, Artist
Zhu is a member of Zhejiang Artists Association, Zhejiang Women's Flower and Bird Painting Association, a researcher of Zhejiang Branch of Wang Xizhi Painting and Calligraphy Research Institute, Vice President of Zhejiang Qianjiang Calligraphy Research Association, etc. She graduated from the master class of China Academy of Fine Arts. Her works have won the first prize for three consecutive sessions in the second, third and fourth calligraphy and painting exhibitions of Zhejiang Civil Servants. Her painting, "Mountain and Stream in Spring ", was exhibited at the National Art Museum with many awards. Zhu’s landscape and ink paintings feature her profound cultivation from art and life; the flower and bird paintings convey her sophisticated and elegant personality; the watercolour painting expresses her love for the beauty of Qiantang River and West Lake. She is keen on exploring and applying the techniques of oil painting into her Chinese painting.
Yajin Wang, Ceramic Relief Artist
Wang is China's famous ceramic relief artist. His embossed ceramic works - "Flying" and "Silk Road" were exhibited at the Louvre in Paris, France twice. As the Chairman of the French National Federation of Art said, Wang undoubtedly is the pioneer in the history for the creativity of traditional Chinese and modern western ceramic art. Wang has produced a total of 99 sets of out-of-prints and currently housed in some world-known museums, such as the Louvre, the British Museum, the German Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of the United States. Some of his works were selected as the national gifts and given to the international leaders during the BRICS Xiamen Summit.
Wenxiang Zhang, Artist
Zhang is the representative of the United Nations Congress, CCTV Brand Consultant, Business Development Consultant of China Red Cross Society , Consultant of China Art Evaluation Expert Committee , Visiting Professor of Jiaotong University. Zhang once visited Canada with a delegation of Chinese artists to participate in the China-Canada Cultural Exhibition of the Chinese Culture Goes Global Art Tour and his work was collected by the Canadian Prime Minister. Zhang recently co-created the magnificent kilometer-long scroll, called "The Beauty of Qin Mountains", which became the most complete and spectacular masterpiece of the Qin mountains in Chinese art history.
Youxiang Xia, Calligrapher
Xia is a member of the Chinese Calligraphers Association, the Chinese Calligraphy Research Association, and Zhejiang Calligraphy Education Research Association, etc. His works were exhibited in the 6th and 8th China Youth Exhibition, and won the first prize of the 1st National Calligraphy Competition for Educators. He was awarded the first prize of Calligraphy Education Award held by Ministry of Education. He is one of the top 20 outstanding calligraphy teachers in the country. He wrote two academic papers, "The Discussion of Zhu Yuanzhang and Huang Tingjian's Works", which were included in "Chinese Calligraphy Dictionary".
Xitang Wang, Artist
Wang is a famous Chinese landscape painting master, a representative of Hai School outstanding artists, a researcher of the Chinese Calligraphers Association, a member of the Shanghai Artists Working Committee of the Shanghai Artists Association, and Executive Vice President of the Shanghai Tao Xingzhi Painting and Calligraphy Institute. In August 2016, he participated in the China-Sri Lanka Art Exhibition with the Chinese cultural delegation. In recent years, Wang has held “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter- Sixty Years Painting and Calligraphy Solo Exhibition”, “Modern Colour and Ink Landscape Painting”, etc. His works with many awards have been issued and published in multiple journals and websites, e.g. shb-china.com, Xinmin Evening News, etc. Wang had his “Landscape Painting Collection” published in 2015.
Haolu Liu, Artist
Liu is known as a master in peony painting. As an outstanding representative of Chinese painting, he joined the delegation of Chinese artists for the Chinese Culture Goes Global Art Tour participating in the China-Canada Art Exhibition. His calligraphy works were donated as national gifts to Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. Liu masters in Han Li (also known as clerical script, is an archaic style of Chinese calligraphy which evolved from the Warring States period to the Qin Dynasty and was dominant in the Han Dynasty). By inheriting tradition and integrating innovation, his peony painting is vivid and graceful, and some of his works are collected by embassies and art collectors at home and abroad.
Guangfu Zhao, Calligrapher
Zhao is the President of the Zhejiang Qianjiang Calligraphy Research Association. As one of the representatives of Zhe School, Zhao’s paintings are smooth, flowing and vibrant. His masterpieces feature the theme of Spring and Autumn with both academic and grassroots style. He has strong knowledge in ancient literature and embraces Zen culture which highlights his unique literati taste. Practically, he studies Wu Changshuo's " point cluster method " which requires paying attention to the contrast of dark and light. That makes his peony paintings more abstract and intriguing.
Hu He, Calligrapher
He is a calligrapher who has profound skills in various Chinese calligraphy, particularly in writing the word "tiger" in Chinese. His Zhuan Shu (seal script), for example, "The Analects of Confucius" and "The Art of War" are published by Xiling Yinshe Publishing House. His works were selected by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and issued in the stamp album of "Chinese Contemporary Painting and Calligraphy Art Leaders" for the Celebration of the 40th anniversary of reform.
Youmu Zhao, Calligrapher
Zhao is a calligrapher and Wang Xizhi's calligraphy inheritor (Wang Xizhi (303–361AD) traditionally referred to as the Sage of Calligraphy excelled in every script but particularly in the semi-cursive script). Zhao is currently the lecturer of the Chinese Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the honorary researcher of the Forbidden City Museum, the Dean of You Mu Yi Bo Academy, the Visiting Professor of the Research Center of Beijing National Painting Academy. He is also a famous collector in China. In the past six years, he had exhibitions in many coutnries along with the delegation ofthe Chinese Culture Goes Global Art Tour and received numerous international awards for cultural exchanges.
Kunyuan Tao, Calligrapher
Tao is a member of the Chinese Calligraphers Association, the Zhejiang Calligraphers Association, Honorary Dean of the Chinese Famous Painting and Calligraphy Institute, and Vice President of the China Traditional Cultural Exchange Association. His calligraphy works have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines since the 1980s. He has participated in over 50 major exhibitions at home and abroad. His works have been exhibited in the National Art Museum of China, the China Academy of Art, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Dubai, London, Toronto, Sri Lanka, and Zhejiang Art Museum, etc., and many of his works are collected by the public galleries and individuals. His published works include "Tao Kunyuan Calligraphy Collection", "Tao Kunyuan Calligraphy Stamp Collection" and "Tao Kunyuan Calligraphy Calendar".
Jianbin Zhang, Calligrapher
Zhang is a calligrapher and calligraphy critic. His calligraphy is wild, strong and natural, full of power. His paintings are vivid and realistic in bright colours. In addition, Zhang has profound knowledge and unique insights in calligraphy theory and criticism. He has written a large number of calligraphy theories and commentary papers and opens up new horizons for the study of Chinese calligraphy.
Shunhe Zhai, Calligrapher
Zhai is a calligrapher, known as the Wei Bei master. Wei Bei, the foundation of Chinese calligraphy, is a type of calligraphy works between clerical script and traditional regular script. It started with the South and North dynasties and ended before the Tang Dynasty. Zhai’s calligraphy is profound with solid fundamental skills. His self-contained Xing Shu (running script) is like the flowing cloud, his Kai Shu (regular script) is flat but not staying, neat and unrestricted and the gesture of his Cao Shu (cursive writing) is lively and finished in one go. In particular, his Wei Bei is combined and integrated into Lao Wei (Zhang Menglong tablet) and Xin Wei (modern printing). Zhai’s ten-meters scroll of "Tao Te Ching" was presented as a national gift to the foreign officers of United States, Canada, and Philippine in 2006. Many of his other works are collected by United Nations diplomats, heads of state, embassy officials, royal members, and Taiwanese Nebula Masters.
Master Xiangchi, Calligrapher
Master Xiangchi is a Buddhist calligrapher, the former Vice President of the Shanghai Xingzhi Academy, who was promoted to be an academician of the Chinese Buddhist Painting and Calligraphy Institute. He is currently the Abbot of Baoji Temple in Dongyang City, Zhejiang Province. Featuring Zen culture, Master Xiangchi has been invited to participate in the Chinese Culture Goes Global Art Tour, and exhibited his works in Britain, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Canada, Malaysia, Nepal, and other countries since 2014.
Siping Li, Calligrapher
Li is a calligrapher who is keen on drawing on the strengths of others thus pursuing greater achievements. His calligraphy style follows the legacy of Zhao Mengfu and Wang Xizhi who are the sages of calligraphy. He keeps copying the monuments of ancient calligraphers and creates his own brushwork genre. Appreciating his calligraphy is like a spiritual experience, invigorating and inspiring.
Zhongyu Wang, Artist
Wang is a member of the Chinese Calligraphers Association. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the China Artists Exchange Association, the Vice President of the China National Painting and Calligraphy Institute, and the lifelong Vice President of the China Culture and Art Association. He was also awarded the “Nominee Artist of Shanghai World Expo”, and the title of “Contemporary Master” by the Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Master Research Association and the National Culture Research Institute in 2009.