Home >> News

Chinese artist recognized for enriching San Francisco culture

Updated: 2022-11-22 08:14 ( China Daily )
Share - WeChat
Ralph Remington (right), director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission, presents Arthur Ku (second from right) a written statement from Mayor London Breed at San Francisco City Hall this month.[Photo by Lia Zhu/China Daily]

Black and white mountains and rocks shrouded in colorful mist — the fusion of Chinese and Western painting styles attracts Michela Millstein at an art exhibition in San Francisco.

"I think there are a lot of meanings behind it (the paintings). You can tell that it's trying to show cultural things and not just a picture," the visitor says.

Having studied Chinese for three years, Millstein, a high school student in the San Francisco Bay Area, says she loves Chinese culture.

"In my class, we celebrate Chinese holidays, and I think it's very global. And it would help me later in life," she says. "I really like it. It's a little hard, but I think it's worth it."

The exhibition, The Flying Colors, presented more than 60 pieces of Chinese ink paintings by a local artist, Arthur Ku, at San Francisco City Hall recently.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed proclaimed Nov 6 "Arthur Ku Day" in recognition of his contribution, and the exhibition was held to celebrate it.

"Arthur Ku is a renowned painter, calligrapher, and artist; his endless dedication and devotion to the art community has undoubtedly contributed to the vitality of San Francisco," the mayor said in the proclamation.

Ku was born in Guangdong province in 1941 and moved to Taiwan with his father in 1945. He then migrated abroad, settling down in the United States in 1977, where he began a career in media-related work that lasted more than two decades. Upon his retirement, he returned to art, juxtaposing Chinese art elements with Western-style painting.

He has been exploring the "splash ink and color" style, which is a technique of working with splashy, colorful washes to create an abstract, expressive style. The style was not dominant in Chinese art history until the emergence of Chinese painting master Zhang Daqian (1899-1983).

Ku's artistic talent and improvisation in traditional Chinese brush and ink painting inspired a unique style of down-to-earth and creative freedom, which paved a critical foray of traditional Chinese brush painting into modern and contemporary art, according to Breed's statement. "In his current roles as the honorary president of San Francisco Chinese Art Association, honorary president of the China Painting Association, and adviser for the North American Painting Gallery, his work has made a lasting impact for generations to come," Breeds writes.

1 2 Next   >>|
Hot words
Most Popular