Art in China - Xu Yongmin Tells a Story of Change

March 17, 2012


Respected artist will lecture March 28 and show his work March 27–April 7


TACOMA, Wash. – A ghostly sunflower, square-faced racing horses, and a luminous violet peony are just a few of the striking paintings that Chinese artist Xu Yongmin is bringing to Tacoma.

The prize-winning painter and president of the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts will be showing his work at University of Puget Sound and giving a public lecture.

The free lecture, “Changing Art Education in China’s Art Academies,” will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Wyatt Hall, Room 101, and will be followed by a reception in Kittredge Art Gallery. The exhibit of 20 paintings, titled High Wind, will be in Kittredge Art Gallery from Tuesday, March 27, to Saturday, April 7. 

Yongmin, who uses traditional Chinese brush methods, yet reveals a Western influence in his work, has shown his paintings internationally in Europe, Japan, Korea, and the Ukraine. His art is in the collections of the National Museum of China and Shenzhen Art Museum.

A versatile painter and talented instructor, Yongmin has received many teaching and art awards, including an honor from the Excellent Young Teachers Program of China’s Ministry of Education and the First Literature and Art Star Award in Hubei Province. In addition he collected prizes in the First Chinese Fine Arts Books Show and the 10th Fine Arts Works Show in Hubei Province.

Yongmin studied at the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts and Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In addition to his leading role at the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts—a large art school in the scientific and educational region of central China—he serves as executive vice president of the Hubei Fine Artists Association.

During his visit to Puget Sound, Yongmin will give painting demonstrations to art students and work with students interested in calligraphy. The lecture, exhibit, and visit are supported by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund, the Puget Sound Department of Art, and the Asian Studies Program.

For directions and a map of the campus: www.pugetsound.edu/directions

Photos of works by Xu Yongmin available at Press Photos - University of Puget Sound.

Photos on page: Works by Xu Yongmin: Top right: Flying; Top left: Racing Horses; Above right: Red Peony

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