Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco proudly presents
Cursive Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
by Internationally renowned calligrapher Lampo Leong
After six years, Professor Lampo Leong returns to the San Francisco Bay Area for exhibition and lectures at UC Berkeley. In 2001, well-known Bay Area painter and calligrapher Lampo Leong was invited to join the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been even more busy ever since, thrives in the international art world with hundreds exhibitions. He was the recipient of the Faculty Award this year at UMC and now the Chairman of the Department of Art.
Forces, a solo exhibition featuring Professor Lampo Leong’s recent paintings and calligraphy, is now at the Gallery of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley from now until December 14, 2007. A lecture and discussion by Lampo Leong and Professor Pat Berger, Chair of the UC Berkeley Art History Department is scheduled on Wednesday, November 7, from 4 to 5:30pm follow by a reception until 6:30pm.
Taking advantage of his homecoming visit in the Bay Area, Chinese Culture Center invites Professor Leong for a lecture and workshop in cursive Chinese calligraphy on Sunday, November 4, from 1pm to 3pm.
Leong, Ph.D.-ABD in comparative study of calligraphy and painting from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, is an internationally renowned painter and calligrapher. His work has been shown in more then 300 exhibitions all over the world, such as First Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial in Taiwan, Medial 1.Art Biennial in London, Han Zi Reinvented: The Rhythm of Chinese Script in Los Angeles, and Question at the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University, and featured in hundreds museum and corporate collections internationally. His ø26’ calligraphy in granite is permanently installed in a city park just a few blocks from the Culture Center on Powell Street at Jackson Street by the San Francisco Art Commission. Leong’s artistic contributions have earned him more than 35 awards, and over 800 feature stories in newspapers, magazines, web, and television. He has been invited for more than 100 lectures at universities and museums across the United States and Asia and served as judge for many art competitions nationwide. With his distinctive knowledge, Leong’s teaching is informative, inspiring and enlightening.
This workshop combines lecture and practice; it serves as an introduction to Chinese calligraphy, including its techniques, concepts, aesthetic, philosophy and history, as well as its relationship to Chinese brush painting. Dating back more than 5000 years, Chinese calligraphy involves the use of bold, expressive brushstrokes to portray the essence of a given word while simultaneously revealing the spirit and expression of the artist. In the first part of the workshop, participants will concentrate on the appreciation of Chinese calligraphy through examination of some best examples in Chinese art history. In the second part, Professor Leong will lead the workshop participants through exercises to experience the creation of various scripts of Chinese Calligraphy and gradually build up to the climax of the workshop – rhythm and spirits of cursive script Chinese calligraphy.
Forces: Paintings & Calligraphy by Lampo Leong
September 17 - December 14, 2007 • Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm
Institute of East Asian Studies • IEAS Gallery, University of California, Berkeley
2223 Fulton Street, 6th floor, University of California, Berkeley, 510-643-6536
Artist’s Talk by Lampo Leong and Pat Berger, UCB Professor & Chair, Art History
Wednesday, November 7, 4-5:30pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 7, 5:30-6:30pm
IEAS Conference Room
2223 Fulton Street, 6th floor, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720
Cursive Chinese Calligraphy Workshop by Lampo Leong
Sunday, November 4, 1pm-3pm
Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny Street, 3/Fl, San Francisco, CA 94108
Registration: http://www.c-c-c.org, or (415) 986-1822
"In the traces of the hand, Chinese calligraphy captures not merely the shape of the characters, but also the spirit of the artist. For me, the inky blacks of figural marks playing against fields of colored densities and radiant lights speak of my own fascination with the processes of creation. Reflecting both a reverence for the spirit of the Tao and the Sublime, as well as an ever-renewed wonder at the universe revealed to us by modern science, my paintings celebrate the dynamic forces that give birth to new life, new planets, and new stars; and provide glimpses into the crucible of genesis."
— Lampo Leong
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