the Exhibition of the Chinese artist Lin Ling and the American artist Brad Hawn
Opening: Friday 20:00, 28th Oct 2005
Exhibition time: 28th Oct – 4th Nov 2005
This was LinLings first exhibition since the 1980s.
This exhibition shows two artists who have different cultural backgrounds.
Although they live in different countries, and their painting style is different, still they have one thing in common: the interest in water color as a material, and the passion of using water color to describe this wonderful world.
Through our artists eyes, full of respect for life and love of living, and through their brushstrokes, we get a fresh view of their beautiful “water color world”.
Artist: Brad Hawn
Life’s experiences and my profession have prepared me to express myself through art. Engineering has been my profession for all of my adult life. Creating the structural system for buildings, solving problems and visualizing the end product have been the preparation for an expression through art. Many would say that the technical aspect of engineering and the expressive aspect of art are opposites; I am testimony that the thought might be wrong. Since watercolor is only so controllable. I am able to allow the medium to help me to be expressive. It is exciting to have a plan for painting and see that plan change and evolve as the painting unfolds, this allows for freshness in the piece as it evolves.
I enjoy the challenge of creating expression and personality in the piece. I use bold color and strong composition with great contrast of lights and darks to describe my painting style. I feel most comfortable close to the subject with a reflective mood in the work. I feel I have succeeded if I am able to capture the emotion of the scene. I use a direct method of applying the pigment to the paper rather than a layered approach, which enables me to thrust myself into the painting.
Introduction of Lin Ling
Linling was born in the Guixian county of Guangxi Province in 1918. Already as a child, he loved fine arts. He started to create woodcuts in 1936; Lin joined the Anti-Japanese Association of the All-China woodcut circles in 1938. He became a member of a progressive students’ organization in 1943: The sunlight society of Fine Arts in Kunming. Based on his experiences of living with the peasants during the war of resistance against Japan, he created Funeral in the snow-time to pay the rent, Enemy. Old peasant Person with domestic animals, etc. These woodcuts gave publicity to the hatred against Japan and made the hard life of the workers known to the public.
After the war, he devoted himself to research in the use of oil painting and watercolor. He created After autumn, Winter Entrance to a village. In a corner of the earth, Workers with dropsy, etc.
Lin joined the army in 1950, serving successively as the chief of the Fine Arts Creative Section of the PLA Kunming Unit, and the Fine Arts Section of the club of the Kunming Army. He was also a creative worker of the Fine Arts Creative section of the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution, and the Literary and Artistic Creation Group of the Political Department for the Kunming Military Area command.
In 1968 he became a member of the Chinese Artists Association, a council member and a consultant for the Yunnan Artists Association, and a guest artist at the Yunnan Institute of Fine Arts. His oil painting In the morning of the Rili river, was collected by the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution, and his watercolors Address of the Zunyi Meeting, Borderland Village. Early Spring. After rainï, Light rain in the mountain, The house of the Mao in the Zunyi Meeting. Ditch, etc, were collected by the China Art Gallery. His works took part in the Art Exhibition of the Reviewing Congress of Art and Literature by the southwest Military Region in 1953, winning the first prize.
Important exhibitions and achievements of LinLing.
* 1949: First personal watercolor exhibition in Kunming
* 1959: The second National Art Exhibition of the Socialist Countries
* 1960: The National Art Exhibition and the Second Army-wide Art Exhibition
* 1962:“1980: Second and third personal watercolor show in Kunming
* 1977: Took part in the design of the decoration of chairman Mao’s memorial museum
* 1980: The Painting Exhibition for the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Peoples Republic of China, and the Regional Section of the national Art Exhibition
* 1980: Held an exhibition of watercolors at the China Art Gallery in Beijing
* 1982: Published a catalogue with a collection of his paintings
* 1996: Chinese Woodcutters Association awards him the Lu Xun woodcut prize
LinLing is also listed in the following publications:
* Famous Persons in China
* China Art dictionary
* Chinese Contemporary Culture and Artists Famous Peoples’ big Dictionary China Artistic Dictionary