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Oct 12

ARTISTIC MARRIAGE OF EAST AND WEST

ARTISTIC MARRIAGE OF EAST AND WEST

Award-winning landscape artist Xiaoming An will be exhibiting his work at the Auckland Museum on October 15. Photos supplied.

While Xiaoming An doesn’t speak much English, his artworks articulate a strong creative sensibility.

A unique fusion of both Chinese art – the oldest artistic tradition in the world – seamlessly blended with the western style of painting, makes his artworks a stand out.

A resident of Pakuranga, the award-winning Asian artist who was born in Zhejiang Province of China will be showcasing his work at the Auckland Museum lobby, level 2 on October 15 at 2pm.

The newly appointed Auckland Mayor Phil Goff along with Botany Member of Parliament Jami Lee Ross and Howick Local Board member David Collings will be there along with other community leaders, to honour the prolific 67-year-old artist showcasing 38 artworks.

Driven by an avid love of nature, the landscape artist admits that he has at times put his life and limb at risk, travelling to some of the most dangerous places, only to capture the myriad colours and forms of breathtaking vistas on canvas.

Looking at the artistic impression of Mount Cook, Barry Hung, president of the Pakuranga Chinese Association (who plays translator for the Times interview), says that the artist has skilfully integrated the East and West using Chinese ink with Western oil paints to create stunning pieces of art.

For the uninitiated, landscape painting has been regarded as the highest form of Chinese painting and still is.

Mr Hung explains that while traditional Chinese paintings are done on silk and mounted on scrolls, the acclaimed artist has broken away from tradition and mounted his artworks using different material.

Artistic impressions of views from a coastal farm on the 90 Mile Beach, alternated by a burst of vivid colours depicting the geothermal activity in Rotorua, treescapes in Panmure, Pancake rocks in Punakaiki, seagulls on the Kaikoura coast beach, make captivating artworks.

It’s obvious the artist has followed his passion covering the length and breadth of New Zealand.

Vice chairman of the New Zealand Chinese Painting Research Society as well as a council member of New Zealand Chinese Artists Association, and council member of New Zealand Artist Association, a number of museums in China have displayed his works of art.

The artist who moved to New Zealand five years ago has converted his garage into a studio, and continues to paint day and night without respite.

He says his work is a true reflection of his love for the beautiful country he now calls home.

(From: http://www.times.co.nz/news/artistic-marriage-of-east-and-west.html)

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