Our 2021 Exhibition for Oxfordshire Artweeks tells the story of how we have spent our time during Covid. In the Gallery and in the Flip Book, we showcase the variety of work we have produced in a year of turbulence and change. Our friendly dragon, painted by member Jean Wykes, welcomes you to our Gallery and to our Flip Book. Please browse through the wonderful variety of paintings and calligraphy produced by our members. Normally, we would invite you into a physical Exhibition Venue where we would demonstrate Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy, and allow you to try your hand at using the beautiful brushes, ink and paper. This year, instead, we have produced three introductory videos for you which illustrate and explain the beautiful materials we work with, and their traditions. The videos explain the " Four Treasures of the Scholar's Desk". These Treasures are the Ink, the Inkstone, the Brushes and The Paper. We hope that we tempt you to find out more.
We plan to change the Exhibition on a regular basis during the year, and to provide you more videos of various aspects of Chinese Brush Painting. So do keep returning to our Gallery for more insights and delights.
If you want to know more about the Group, or any of our artists who are featured in the Exhibition, please do contact us. We would love you to join us on our journey.
Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group was established about 8 years ago by a group of enthusiasts introduced to the ancient art at the Oxford Summer School. Our aim is to promote the practice, knowledge and understanding of traditional Chinese Brush Painting in all its' forms. We welcome everyone with an interest in this ancient art, and no prior knowledge or experience is necessary.
Until Covid, we met bi- monthly at Stanton Harcourt Village Hall, or at Farmoor Village Hall. We also held day Workshops and classes at The Ashmolean Museum, which holds one of the best collections of Chinese Art in the world. The lockdown let us to experiment meeting via Zoom, and with the help of one of our members, we made contact with the prestigious China Academy of Fine Arts, in Hanghzhou, China. Three tutors from the University volunteered to deliver a 48 week course in traditional Chinese Brush Painting to us, covering the topics of Landscape, Flower and Bird and Calligraphy. In addition, a number of professional artists from across China invited us into their studios and homes where they demonstrated their art. In recognition of their generosity, the Group has agreed to fundraise for the NHS Charities Together. To date we have donated £1,620. In the next year, we will continue to fundraise and have plans for further exhibitions and publications.
We hope you enjoy our work, and that we enthuse you to learn more about Chinese Brush Painting, its' traditions and practice.