Calligraphy, Painting and Poetry
This page is configured based on two ambitious objectives: first to promote a deeper understanding of Chinese calligraphy, and second, to foster a greater appreciation of this ancient art.
Calligraphy (artful writing), has been considered the ultimate art-form by the Chinese educated elite since at least the Han Dynasty. A calligrapher was expected to demonstrate strength of character and personality through the use of brush and ink. My friend and mentor, Shantien Tom Chow, said “The wisdom and art of calligraphy remains one of the most revered artistic traditions in East Asia. With almost four millennia of gradual evolution and at times dynamic changes, calligraphy has not only survived but emerged with triumph. Today, this ancient heritage is increasingly being appreciated and practiced worldwide.”
Imagine painting these masterful brush works with Tom, Ve-na and Dapeng. Explore the techniques and aesthetics by tracing the movement of the ink, sense the rhythm of the flowing lines and feel the fabric of their artistic creations. Their calligraphy is in fact a dance in which the artist has three partners : brush, paper and ink. The rhythm and flow are controlled through character size, contrast between dark and light, and speed of stroke application. Notice that these brush strokes are strong, solid, and purposeful. Each stroke has a different form and once a calligraphy stroke is done, it cannot be amended, enhanced or fixed. These accomplished calligraphers establish rhythm, flow, and balance in what appears to be a completely spontaneous brush work.