PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of paintings by Chinese artist Yang Jikui October 1–November 9. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Tuesday, October 1 from 4-6 p.m. in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth.
Jikui is a prominent Chinese painter, well known for his elegant and bold ink brush paintings of traditional subjects such as exotic flowers, birds, fish and garden foliage. His masterful technique demonstrates the power and nuances available to an artist with his understanding and experience.
Guided by his mentor Master Qi Baishi's advice to his students that "whoever strives to acquire my spirit of innovation will succeed, while those who merely imitate me will fail," Professor Jikui says he calmly and steadily marched on his own road to success. "I acquired from the works of ancient masters, and I go to nature to observe various life forms for novel ways to depict life, " he says.
Jikui explains that a literary background is extremely important to a brush painter. "A main feature of my artwork is its poetic content and depth in artistic dimensions, together to accomplish a fusion of brushwork art with poetry, making a painting is like conveying the culture," he says.
Jikui has studied brushwork painting since 1961 and has had solo exhibitions of his work in Japan, New York, Philadelphia and Bridgewater (Mass.). He has published two books. He has also taught at a number of schools and is an executive board member of Shan'xi Society of Fine Art, and vice president of Shan'xi Society of Brushwork. He is a member of the China Research Institute of Fine Art and the Shan'xi Research Institute of Culture and History.
The exhibition has inspired a lecture series to coincide with Professor Yang's visit to Plymouth State University. "Adventures in Chinese Culture," will feature presentations by distinguished scholars on many topics. All talks will be held in the Drerup Gallery.
The lecture series includes:
Tuesday, October 1, 6 p.m.—Art that Transcends Borders: A Personal Cross-Cultural Appreciation of the Painting of Yang Jikui, Roger Dunn. Professor at Bridgewater (Mass.) State University.
Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 p.m.—A Brief Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy, PSU Professor Zhizhang Shen.
Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m.—Living Confusianism: Life in a Baba – Nyonya Malaysia. PSU Professor Peng-Khuan Chong.
Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 p.m.— Chinese Culture Through the Eyes of a Young American English Teacher, PSU Professor Jonathan Higgins.
Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m.—Chinese-American Contributions to the United States of America. PSU Professor Stacey Yap.
Thursday, October 24, 5:30 p.m.—Frans Masereel and the Woodcut Movement in China, PSU Dean David Berona.
Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.—Chinese Painting: Traditions and Continuities, PSU Professor Richard Hunnewell.
Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m.— "Dou Ni Wan'er (or Bazinga)"--Understanding Traditional Eastern Humor Through Chinese Crosstalk, PSU Professor Wu Chen. Chinese Tea Art, Cao Hui.
Information about gallery exhibitions is online at Plymouth.edu/gallery. General information about events at PSU is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.