The God of Small Things - Basha: Chen Hongqi's Solo Art Exhibition

Event Name : 微神- 陈红旗岜沙艺术展 Event Start Date : 02 - Oct - 2014 Event End Date : 12 - Oct - 2014 Event Location : Atrium, MICA Building, 140 Hill Street, Singapore 179369 Hits: 1868
微神- 陈红旗岜沙艺术展
Dynasties Antique & Art Gallery
Asia Art Collective
Period :
11 days | Daily 11am - 8pm
Start Date :
02-Oct-2014
End Date :
12-Oct-2014
Address 1 :
Atrium, MICA Building, 140 Hill Street, Singapore 179369
Telephone:
Johnny Yu 98462098, Iola Liu 90056716
We cordially invite you to join us at our Exhibition Opening Reception on
4th October 2014 Commencing at 3.30pm

Guest-of-Honour:
Dr. Ho Kah Leong
President od the Federation of Art Society, Singapore
Special Guest:
Mr. Xiao Jianghua
Cultural Counselour of the Chinese Embassy to Singapore
THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS (BASHA: CHEN HONGQI’S SOLO ART EXHIBITION)
Get a glimpse of the simple and frugal lifestyle of the Basha Miao people, a hardy ethnic minority people of the Miao region of Guizhou Province in south-west China, through the picturesque and archaic-looking paintings of Chinese artist Chen Hongqi at an exhibition to be held from Thursday (Oct 2) to Oct 12 at The Atrium, MCCY Building (former MICA Building), 140 Hill Street.
Titled The God of Small Things, it showcases 53 paintings by Chen in earthy, sombre tones depicting the Miao people’s rural lifestyle. They range from portraits of gnarled old Miao men, village scenes, and dancing maidens in colourful ethnic costumes to images of naked children including scenes of old-fashioned childbirth in a rural setting.
Chen who has won several awards and accolades for his paintings of the Basha Miao folks, is able to depict these Miao folks authentically as he has lived among them since 1990.
These farmers who are known for their economic poverty and traditional way of life,  have preserved their traditions, living like their ancestors 100 years ago, without the need for modern amenities, such as refrigerators or electricity.
Not just a form of cultural tourism, the works of Miao artist Chen portray the people sensitively and with great respect.
He is able to depict the hard life and suffering of the Miao people and how they are able to transcend everything through their joy and laughter.
 Chen who was born in 1959, graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1986 majoring in oil painting. It was at this academy that he was influenced by Western oil paintings in his style of art.
This style can be seen in his sweeping, multi-figural compositions and dynamic brushstrokes like the post-impressionists.
More than a modern-day Brueghel, Chen has become a painter of universal values - of the humanity.
Currently, the Associate Professor at the Guizhou Normal University’s Fine Art Department, Chen’s works, such as “Girl From The Miao Family” and Knitting” have been collected by the National Museum of China in Beijing.”
Over the years, Chen has participated in China as well as in Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.




    

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