Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world.
Traditional Chinese painting uses many of the same techniques as calligraphy, where gesture and control of the brush form part of the artistic method. Since earliest times nature, in particular the landscape and the creatures that inhabit it, has been the main source of inspiration for Chinese artists.
Rong-Gen Yin, will be having his first solo exhibition in Chinese watercolours which coincides with the Chinese New Year. The paintings will range from detailed landscapes in traditional style - Gongbi, where intricate brushstrokes shape meticulously coloured landscapes, which can include narrative themes - to Shui-mo, the more fluid depiction of plants, birds, and animals using bold brushstrokes in ink and watercolours.
There will be on display over 50 beautiful paintings exquisitely mounted on Chinese silk brocade, as hanging scrolls or in traditional frames. Rong-Gen will also be doing daily live demonstrations.
This exhibition is supported by National Museums NI, Northern Ireland Museums Council, The Framing Table and The Crescent.
Rong-Gen Yin originally from Shanghai, began painting in the traditional Chinese manner in the 1970s. During the 1980s he was a member of an artist collective and taught painting in Japan and Germany while working there. Having come to Northern Ireland in 2003 Rong-Gen has continued to paint and teach traditional Chinese painting techniques in the Chinese Resource Centre, Belfast. Since 2014 he has exhibited and demonstrated his work during the annual Chinese New Year celebrations.
PJ Lynch, Belfast born illustrator and current Laureate na nÓg, has chosen the theme “The Big Picture” to be his legacy project.
It will focus on the art of illustration and visual storytelling that celebrates children’s literature and the power of the imagination.
On display will be the work of five primary schools, who have explored the themes of “Family” and “Home” using visual storytelling. We invite you to add to a sixth panel and is showing as part of the 20th Belfast Children’s Festival.
For more information about this exhibition and the Belfast Children's Festival visit: Youngatart.co.uk/festival
This exhibition is guide dog and wheelchair friendly