EXPEDIRE is a voyage to explore a new paradigm, celebrating the essence of elegance, subtlety and yin-yang of the traditional aesthetics in Chinese painting. The Artist draws inspiration from colors and subject compositions of uKiyo-e style and contemporary illustration techniques, breaking away from the accustomed theme of heavily landscape and nature focus of classical Chinese art.
Through various works, the possibilities of the contemporary Chinese art are reintroduced. Meanwhile, the Artist hopes to present the audiences who accustomed to common notions of Chinese painting traditions with a fresh and new interpretation through the small piece style of the artistic creation.
Mavis Chan (陳海慈)practices different genres of Chinese painting and western painting. She studied drawing and painting through the "master-student" mode at Mr Cheng Tin Hok's (鄭天鶴) studio. It was where she started her endless journey of exploration of new presentation of Chinese painting by implying the traditional painting technique into the rather "unconventional" topics.
She hopes the audiences can see the Chinese painting is not just landscape, flower & bird or portrait; or even not just made by traditional medium. With the mixture of different cultures and synchronizing the contemporary technology, the possibilities of the contemporary Chinese art are reintroduced. Without an absolute answer, her works can be traditional or not traditional; modern or not modern. It is just anything the audiences may perceive - a world without boundary.
Her works is her statement of life. Painting paper is her notebook of daily life. The collections of work are just like the images imprinted in the minds between the breaths and moments. Music and book are always her sources of inspiration. Fantasized by the Chinese and Japanese traditional art and culture (Noh 能, woodblock print, ukioy-e 浮世繪, ghost stories (Kaidan怪談) by Mr. Patrick Lafcadio Hearn 小泉 八雲, ancient poetry (Nine songs 九歌) by Qu Yuan 屈原, etc.), she started doing a series of ghost and quirky paintings. “Ghost" and "Nine songs" are the collections to let the audiences to interweave into her heart of hearts where to see how those uttermost magnificent stories dancing on the paper.
Her works have been exhibited in local and international exhibitions. She had her first solo exhibition, Inkling of the heart, in 2014. In 2017, she had two solo exhibitions – Interlude and Contrapunctus.
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