In Chinese painting and calligraphy, brushes are as similar to the wizards’ wands. Fox tail fur, horse mane and fur from the deer are some of the few desired brush collection among artists. Ricepaper is the common paper-type used in Chinese calligraphy. If you are an art collector or appreciate the water ink or Chinese characters on scrolls, China’s Ministry of Culture is organizing exhibitions in Japan, Australia and Brazil.
The exact details are yet to be confirmed, and it is best to check the official site or its sibling’s website (in English) as the month draws closer. In year 2016, April and October in Japan; May in Melbourne, Australia; August in Brazil. Herein, a brief introduction of a handful of China calligraphers and artists who will be presenting their works at the exhibitions. Alphabetic caps represent the artists’ last names.
KUAI Hui Zhong (蒯惠中): Kuai is a member of the China Artists Association. He is a distinguished artist of Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Painting Institute, member of CPPCC of Wuzhong District, Suzhou; Vice-Chairman of the Artists Association of Wuzhong District; President of Taihu Lake Painting Institute.
Spring, Forest by KUAI Hui Zhong
Kuai has presented his works at many exhibitions, and most of his works are collected by art connoisseurs. He has received numerous awards, and his notable achievements include: Autumn Taihu Lake (太湖秋色) was selected for Ode to the Olympic Torch Relay in China, 2008. Stamps were also issued under the same theme. In 2015 APEC Summit, his Pine Trees and Clouds (华山松云图) was presented to the United States President Obama by Chinese President Xi Jinping as a state gift.
ZHANG Ming (张明): Zhang is an Associate Professor of Suzhou Art & Design Technology Institute, distinguished artist of Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Painting Institute, National Level I Artist. Zhang is also a member of the China Artists Association. His works won the Copper Award of the 10th National Artwork Exhibition and entered the 11th National Artwork Exhibition. Upon the recognition of his talent in China, he has participated in national tour exhibitions, and he has published numerous collections of his artworks.
In April 2015, his Fruitful Autumn Chinese Artwork Asset Package went public at the Hong Kong Cultural Property Exchange.
WANG Zhen Yu (王振宇): Wang is currently a member of Chinese Calligraphers Association, Vice Chairman of Calligraphers Association of Qinghai Province, artist in Calligraphy Studio. His calligraphy works have entered the 1st Lanting Award of Chinese Calligraphy, and have won the Award of Excellence in West China Painting and Calligraphy; 1st Prize in ‘State Tax Affairs Cup’ Calligraphy, Painting and Photography contest, etc. His works have also been selected by Collection of Excellent Works of Member of Chinese Calligraphers Association in the Army.
ZHOU Dian Ming (周殿平): Zhou is the direct disciple of Maestro Xu Beihong and a leading artist in horse painting in contemporary China. His artistics styles and works are under the influence of Li Keran and Huang Zhou, and his Maestro Xu.
The Eight Horses by Zhou Dian Ming.
His works are collected by Zhongnanhai, Great Hall of the People, Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, University of National Defence, art galleries in China, and have been presented to governmental leaders and officials as a state gift. Zhou has held many solos and joint exhibitions around the world; e.g. United States, South Korea, France, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
His works have been listed and auctioned in Hanhai and Pacific with excellent results and profitable returns among high reputation in the circles of artists and collectors.
WEI Qi (魏沁): Wei is a member of Identification and Evaluation Committee, Chinese Calligraphers Association, Vice Chairman of Calligraphers Association of Ningxia, Vice Chairman of Wuzhong Federation of Literary and Art Circles, President of Wuzhong Calligraphy and Chinese Painting Institute, Chairman of Calligraphers Association of Wuzhong. He is also the jury for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd National Calligraphy Content for Primary and Secondary School Students.
Wei is the Winner in 2001 National ‘Chirping Birds and Fragrant Flowers’ Calligraphy Contest, Gold Award in the 5th Ningxia Calligraphy and Seal Carving (篆刻) Contest; N.B: Chinese seal carving refers to engraving chinese characters on the flat bottom of a stone or jade, for signature purposes.
LIU Jian Feng (刘建丰): Liu is a member of Chinese Calligraphers Association and Calligraphers Association of Beijing. His works have entered the 8th National Calligraphy and Seal Carving Exhibition for Young and Middle-Aged Artists and Ten Artists’ Joint Exhibition held in the National Art Museum of China in December 2000. Liu completed his postgraduate studies in Calligraphy.
ZHOU Xue Geng (周雪耕): A member of the Chinese Calligraphers Association and has been frequently addressed as the ‘Master of Semi-Zen Hall’ (半禅堂), Zhou is the Vice Chairman of Calligraphers Association of Suzhou, Chairman of Calligraphers Association of Xiangcheng District, Suzhou, and Vice Chairman of Federation of Literary and Art Circles of XiangCheng District, Suzhou. His calligraphy works has the 7th National Calligraphy Exhibition. His cover stories had been featured in Chinese Calligraphy, Calligraphy in China and Friends of Calligraphy, publication in People’s Daily, Calligraphy, Chinese Calligraphy Herald, among other newspapers and periodicals in China. A collection of his works is kept sake Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum in Taiwan.
TANG Hong Xiong (唐宏雄): Tang is a member of Chinese Calligraphers Association, member of Editing and Publishing Committee, Chinese Calligraphers Association, Vice Chairman of Calligraphers Association of Ningxia, Vice Chairman of Young Calligraphers Association of Ningxia, standing member of CPPCC of Guyuan, Ningxia. Tang Has also been honored for his remarkable contributions in ‘Chinese Calligraphy in Ten thousand Households’ Campaign in 2007 and 2008.
LIN Zai Cheng (林再成): Lin has received the Top Award in Calligraphy in the 8th National Exhibition of Calligraphy and Seal Cutting and the honor of Calligraphy of Jiangsu, ranking among the Top 10 calligraphers in Jiangsu Province.
XIE Guo Qi (谢国启): Currently an official at the Organization Department of the CPC Shangqiu Municipal Committee, member of Chinese Calligraphers Associations, Executive Director of Calligraphers Association of Henan Province and Chairman of Calligraphers Association of Shangqiu. Xie has been awarded 2nd prize in ‘Sackler Cup’ Calligraphy Content for International Exchange and his works have been exhibited overseas on various occasions. He authored the book, ‘Water Calligraphy Copybook’ (水写毛笔字帖), and has also received the title of Outstanding Artist by the CPC Shangqiu Municipal Committee and Municipal Government and Top Chinese Calligrapher by Chinese Calligraphers Association in 2004.
ZHANG Dong Ming (张东明): Zhang is the winner of the 2nd National Running Hand and Cursive Script Calligraphy Exhibition (Gold Award), Gold Award of the 1st Weidu Yungang National Calligraphy Exhibition, Gold Award of the 1st ‘Zhao Mengfu Award’ Calligraphy Exhibition, Silver Award of the ’21st Century’, 1st National Calligraphy and Seal Cutting Exhibition and Copper Award of New Century Global Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition.
Source: China’s Ministry of Culture
Edited by Yuhui N Lin; Lin met the artists and their works at the Charm of Brush and Ink in Singapore, December 10th 2015.