Sandler Center Art Gallery Hosts “Delight in Ink, Joy with Strokes” by Shaoqiang Chen Starting March 2

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

​The Sandler Center Art Gallery will host Shaoqiang Chen’s exhibit, “Delight in Ink, Joy with Strokes” beginning March 2.

Chen, also known as Fou Chi (Follower of Wu) or Zhi Yuan (Learning from Afar) is an award-winning Chinese fine artist. He is a Guangxi Yihong Culture Communication Distinguished International Artist, a member of Guangxi Calligraphy & Painting Research Institute and a council member of Richmond Chinese Painting. His works have been seen in several national and international art shows, and he has been widely covered by many artistic professional media and news media. Chen’s works have been permanently collected by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and a national primary level museum in China, the Guangxi Zhuang Museum.

The subjects in Chen’s work come from daily life. He captures the essence of objects through exquisite strokes, magnifying the details and bringing the objects to life. He evokes people’s love of life and nature by depicting the micro perspectives of what we see and experience every day. Based on meticulous style strokes from the Song and Yuan dynasties, Chen developed a macro-to-micro observation approach to find various perspectives that maximize the variety and contrast of brushing strokes and ink. Also, by combining perspective science with the additional contrast of rich colors with pure ink, he created the Heaven Style of painting. Chen boldly imagines and depicts the beautiful scenery from God’s view.

Chen’s exhibit will be on view in the second floor lobby, March 2 through  April 27, during normal operating hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or during any performance at the Sandler Center.

There will be a free artist reception at the Sandler Center on March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please join us for this special opportunity to celebrate the work of this talented artist and enjoy the accompaniment of live music by the Symphonicity Quartet. The reception is made possible by a generous gift from Tom and Juanita Felton to the Sandler Center Foundation.

The role of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to develop the vision and direction of the cultural arts in Virginia Beach, assist and direct the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, coordinate the city’s Public Art Program, provide contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, provide administrative support to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts’ 501(c)3 Foundation and serve as staff liaison to local arts and humanities organizations.

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