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Brush artists to mark the Chinese Year of the Snake

TWO experts in Chinese brush painting are exhibiting new work to coincide with the onset of the Year of the Snake.

TWO experts in Chinese brush painting are exhibiting new work to coincide with the onset of the Year of the Snake.

Artist Jayamini de Silva is exhibiting a new body of work at Newcastle City Library for the Chinese New Year.

Sri Lankan Jayamini, who lives in Newcastle trained in Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.

She works with stone colours on silk, ink on rice paper and acrylic on canvas. Her latest exhibition is called Dark Tanned Chinese, as when she studied in Beijing she was known as “the Chinese traditional artist with a dark tan”.

On display will be traditional Chinese brushwork paintings of flowers, plants and animals.

Newcastle Arts Centre is exhibiting work by Chun-Chao Chiu, also to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

He is exhibiting for the first time and his paintings on handmade rice paper demonstrate the Chinese Brush method. Subjects include portraits, flowers, animals and landscapes.

The artist grew up in Taiwan and trained in both Chinese and Western art before studying for a PhD in fine art at Newcastle University.

Chinese New Year and the Year of the Snake are being celebrated in Newcastle’s Chinatown on February 10 from 11am to 5pm.

Dark Tanned Chinese by Jayamini de Silva is on Level 3 of Newcastle City Library until February 10.

The artist is doing a Chinese brushwork demonstration there today from 10am to 4pm.

Meanwhile work by Chun-Chao Chiu is at Newcastle Arts Centre until March 9 and the artist is running a four-week course in February and March. See details on www.newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk

 
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