I received this nice note from Lan-Chiann accompanied by this gorgeous painting:
“I thought that you might be interested in seeing some of my art; I am a Chinese American ink painter( one among the few female artists working in this field) and have been active for more than fifteen years. For a first impression of my work, please visit: www.thetranquilstudio.com. Currently, I am showing my work in a 3 women artists group exhibition at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation in Los Angeles. This exhibition will run from now to the end of September. I would be happy to show you my work in person at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation during your next trip to Los Angeles. For detail information, please visit: www.malooffoundation.org/currentexh.cfm.”
I pulled this from her site, “My paintings are not mere images. They are layered with content, which can be both seen and felt. A curator at a Los Angeles art institution once referred to my work as ‘hauntingly beautiful’, which touched the essence of my work. My work is rooted in the ancient tradition of Chinese ink painting. My paintings are created with natural materials, ink on paper, using century-old techniques. I often make several sketches before I make a painting. It is a process that may take up to several months to complete.”
It’s interesting to me that art today based on Chinese ink painting is hauntingly beautiful and seems to depict a place that only exists in the mind. Why is that? Do any of you have more suggestions of extraordinary Chinese Ink artists? Also, why is this a genre that is dominated by men? I have questions and I need answers! Thank you!!
p.s. The Maloof Foundation is in the San Gabriel valley in Los Angeles. If you are in this area, the garden is now open. Address: 5131 Carnelian Street in Alta Loma, CA. If you do attend, please leave a comment here and share what you think. Thanks!
ps. If you like this post, you might like the one on Arnold Chang here and here. He is also a Chinese Ink Brush artist who was recently featured in the much lauded Fresh Ink exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.