Chinese calligraphy exhibition a master stroke
CALLIGRAPHY master Lin Min En has travelled from China to showcase his art in Cairns.In the Chinese Style is a joint visual art exhibition and workshop by Lin Min En and Townsville man Ralph Knight, which launches at Tanks Art Centre today.
Part of Chinese New Year celebrations in Cairns, In the Chinese Style is an opportunity for Far Northern artists to learn from a calligraphy master.
"We've had visual art exhibitions before but it's the first time we've had an overseas Chinese guest artist," Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc culture and heritage co-ordinator Mary Low said.
A Chinese calligraphy "apprentice", Mr Knight was taught the intricate art by Lin Min En when he lived in Hong Kong.
Mr Knight said the master's calligraphy is unique.
"Lin Min En is extremely well-known throughout China and his art is very different," he said.
"If people want to see what an Australian can do with Chinese art, come and see what he taught me and look at his stuff. There are some outstanding things."
The creative pair will also visit Trinity Bay State High School next week and will host workshops at Tanks Art Centre on Saturday, February 16, from 2pm-5pm and Sunday, February 17, from 10am-1pm. Cost is $30 per person, visit cadcai.org for more information.
The short film Chinaman Creek, revealing the adversities of Cairns' Chinese settlers, also launches at Tanks Art Centre tonight at 6.15pm and will run in conjunction with the In the Chinese Style exhibition.Keep an eye out for tomorrow's The Weekend Post Chinese New Year liftout.
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To the letter: Chinese calligraphy master Lin Min En and his Australian student Ralph Knight with works from their joint exhibition at Tanks Art Centre starting today. Picture: STEWART McLEAN