2016 CAMBRIDGE XU ZHIMO POETRY AND ART FESTIVAL ANTHOLOGY
Liu Zhengcheng comes from the Han nationality. He is both an advocate and practitioner of innovative calligraphy. As the ancient Chinese phrased it, “the most important subtlety of calligraphy lies in spirit”. His running-regular script works, both gentle and elegant, cleverly adopted from the essence of stone rubbings and rewritten with a combination of delicacy and strength. His cursive script has the straightforwardness of Mi Fu and vigour of master of cursive script Zhang Zhi. In his lines, he intentionally or unintentionally shows the customs left by Zhang Zhi. He uses light and dark ink in a natural way. Liu is an expert in his field, and currently enjoys a special subsidy from the State Council. He is the Chief Chairman of the Chinese International Calligraphers Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Calligraphy Encyclopaedia and member of the Central Committee of the Jiu San Society. He served as Deputy Editor-in-chief for the literature company The Earth, the Deputy General Secretary and Director of the Chinese Calligraphy Association’s Academic Committee, and the President and Chief Editor of Chinese Calligraphy.
Liu Zhengxing was born in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in 1952. Liu is a renowned oil painter and ink painter from China, he served as a member of the Chengdu Committee of the CPPCC Standing Committee. He is Director of the China Artists Association, Vice Chairman of Sichuan Artists Association and Chairman of Chengdu Artists Association. Liu has successfully launched several cultural projects and related events both on national and international levels, which extend wide influence at home and abroad, contributed to cultural development whilst receiving many compliments from both party committees and government's officials.
Liu Zhixian was born in Leshan, Sichuan province in 1970. He is the executive director and office chief of the International Association of Calligraphers, editorial director of Chinese Encyclopaedia of Calligraphy, and examiner of the examination center of the China Calligraphers Association.
LYNNE E. WINDSOR
Lynne E. Windsor was born in Lincolnshire, where she now lives and works. She studied drawing and painting at Loughborough College of Art, specialising in Ceramics. In 1993 Lynne moved to New Mexico, USA where she spent twenty years building her career as a landscape painter. During this period, she had numerous exhibitions, and is often invited to exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum of Fine Art. She has been commissioned to create paintings for Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the El Paso Children's Hospital and for the Dorchester Hotel in London. Lynne returned to the UK in 2009. Since then, she has been invited to exhibit at various open exhibitions, including 'Bite' at the Mall Gallery, London, Pushing Print in Margate, The Society of Scottish Artists annual invitational in Edinburgh and The Royal West of England Academy Open Invitational, Bristol. Lynne is represented by Byard Art in Cambridge.
Matthew Blakely is a distinguished and internationally known potter. He was born in the United Kingdom and emigrated to Australia in 1988 where he studied at the National Art School in Sydney, winning the State Medal in 1993. Of his work, he says: "I endeavour to make pots that are beautiful visually and physically, and that are a pleasure to use. Function is important to me because it influences the way a pot will be appreciated. I want my pots to be handled, felt and explored as well as being looked at. Often certain qualities present in the pot are quite subtle and will not be discovered easily or quickly."
Mei Mosheng was born in Tangshan, Hebei province in 1960. He is the executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers and director of the Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Painting.
Peter moved to Cambridge in the late 1980s to set up the Solitary Pine Studio - Gu Song Zhai, and to teach traditional brush painting. He studied with Professor Fei Cheng Wu, who was in turn a student of the distinguished painter, Xu Beihong. He completed his studies at The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. His exhibitions include the Royal Academy, London, Salon de l' Aquarelle de Belgique, Galerie Leda Fletcher, Geneva, the Urasenke Foundation, Kyoto, Taipei Artist's Village, Taipei, Soo- chow University, Taipei and Starts Gallery Taipei. He has also researched Japanese painting techniques, which he has incorporated in his work. He is a master of the Urasenke School of Tea, Cha Do, and teaches in Cambridge.
Sarah Butterfield paints people on beaches, London tube stations at dusk, a busy street cafe and lovers on a motorbike disappearing into the shimmering summertime traffic, anything that contains a glint of fascination for the eye. She has a particular gift for light. She paints the atmosphere and the time of day. She can capture a pose and what people are feeling. Sarah has exhibited at major London galleries, including The Royal College of Art, Agnew’s, Albemarle and Frost & Reed. She has also exhibited in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Her paintings are owned by Jenny Agutter, Rt Hon Michael Portillo, Lord Coe, HRH Prince of Wales, HM The Queen and Jon Snow.
Shu Jiong was born in Chengdu, Sichuan province in 1956. He is the executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers, vice president of Sichuan Calligrapher’s Association and president of Chengdu Calligrapher’s Association.
Zhang Tielin, born in 1957, is an actor and calligrapher, dean of the Arts Faculty of Jinan University and vice-president of the International Association of Calligraphers. His selected dramas and films include: My Fair Princess, The First Chinese's Empress's Tombstone, The Long Poems of the Chang Ge Period and The Burning of the Imperial Palace.
Zhao Yanjun was born in Zhuji, Zhejiang province in 1961. He is the executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers and vice president and secretary general of Zhejiang Calligrapher’s Association.
Zou Tao was born in Zibo, Shandong province in 1965. He is a member of the China Calligraphers Association, vice president and secretary general of the Calligrapher’s Association of Zhangdian district, vice president of Zibo China Academy of Painting and vice president of the association of folk artists in Zhangdian district.
Jean Bacon is Emeritus Professor of Distributed Systems in the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. She was the first woman to be appointed as a Lecturer there in 1985. She is also an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge and a Director of Studies in Computer Science.
Her other talents include her artwork. She has held several exhibitions at The Art Centre at King's College Cambridge. In 2016 she was asked to present a painting to the Xu Zhimo Festival of Art and Poetry. She works in watercolour and often in still life or abstract fashions. The subjects of her paintings include plants and architecture.
Ann studied Art History and Fine Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and at Strasbourg University in France, then painting restoration at the Institute für Technologie der Malerei, Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künst, Stuttgart, Germany. She taught painting restoration at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge from 1978 until 2007 where she was Assistant to the Director; she published on the history of Western painting techniques including Painting Restoration Before ‘La Restauration’: The Origins of the Profession in France, Harvey Miller 2012.
After a trip to China in 1986 she began learning Chinese Brush Painting and has continued to develop her skills in this tradition. After retiring from her profession as painting restorer, she took up printmaking as well.
Drawing on Eastern and Western practices, she has evolved her own style combining both aesthetic traditions. Ann’s artworks are often painted or printed onto handmade oriental papers and signed in the East Asian manner with red vermilion paste, often using an antique carved seal with her artist’s name Majingju.
She exhibits with the East Asian painting group Song Lin Zhai, among other, and since 2014 she has participated regularly in Cambridge Open Studios and the biannual exhibitions organized by the Cambridge Drawing Society.