2018 CAMBRIDGE XU ZHIMO POETRY AND ART FESTIVAL ANTHOLOGY
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.
Claire Dalby is a painter of landscapes and botanical illustrations. She is also a printmaker. Claire was born in St Andrews in 1944, studied at the City and Guilds of London Art School in1964 and married the botanist, D. H. Dalby in1967. Claire is an elected member of Royal Watercolour Society (R.W.S.) and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (R.E.).
David Paskett was born in 1944 in London. He studied fine art at Hornsey College of Art. His distinctive watercolour technique is founded in oil and tempera painting with emphasis on drawing. Intrigued by still life groupings seen on streets and waterways, his work is characterized by detail, clear shadows, controlled tone and rhythmic repeated pattern. David lived in Hong Kong from 1986-1990. He worked as an artist at London's Science Museum in 1991 and was artist in residence at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford 1992-1993. David was elected as Vice-President of the Royal Watercolour Society from 2009-2012. In recent years, David participated as judge and exhibitor in International watercolour exhibitions in Lushan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Zhujiajiao and Hangzhou of China.
Gan Daofu was born in Quanjiao county of Anhui Province. He is a Chinese contemporary ceramist and artist, teacher at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Art Director at the Jingdezhen Academy of Blue and White Porcelain Institute, and Co-founder of the Contemporary Ceramicist association Ice Blue Art.
Ge Muye is a painter and photographer based in Beijing. He is also the founder of MUYE Art Studio(Beijing).
Huang Yong was born in 1968. In 1990 BFA, he attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. In the years of 2004-2016 Huang stood as Director at the School Modelling Basics, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He is currently, a Professor and Graduate-student Adviser of the Institute of Arts Administration and Education, Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Jiang Baolin was born in Shandong Penglai in 1942. In 1967,he graduated from Zhejiang Academy of Art, and in 1979 he enrolled as a postgraduate student under the guidance of Li Ranhe. Currently, he is a Ph.D. supervisor at the China National Academy of Painting. He mainly focuses on freehand paintings utilizing flowers and birds. In China he is ranked as the number one freehand artist for flowers and birds and is also known for painting mountains and rivers. His works have been included in the 2010 exhibition in the USA ‘A Country’s Art’ organized by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China.
Jin Rilong is a painter and is professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Vice Director for the Animation and Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association.
Liu Chunchao, is both an artist and poet. Currently, he holds many positions such as: President of the Gu Yuan Museum of Art, member of the Chinese Artists Association, member of the China Writers Association, member of the Chinese Music Literature Association, Deputy Chairman of the Guangdong Provincial Young Artists Association, Director of the Guangdong Artists Association and General Director of the Guangdong Lacquer Art Committee. He is recognised as a national level artist in China. His artwork was shortlisted during the Eleventh National Art Exhibition and won the Best Exhibition Award (the most prestigious prize) at the Shanghai World Expo China Art Exhibition. His artworks are published in Art and other magazines. Liu Chunchao Art Exhibitions have been held in Germany, Finland, Spain, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Macao and other countries. Within China, they have been held in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Liu Zheng was born in Jiangxi Province in December 1963. At present, he is a professor at the China Academy of Art, Vice Director of the Ceramic Art Committee of the Chinese Artists Association. Over the thirty years that he has been teaching, he has demonstrated great commitment to studying and creating ceramic sculptures, porcelain paintings and painting on paper. Liu pays particular attention to human life within the context of oriental culture, this is one of his major themes. The creation of Buddhist Arhan can best represent his values, whilst expressing his philosophy. arhan; the one who enters Nirvana. All Karma of reincarnation is destroyed.
Simon Pierse is a painter and writer. He was born in London in 1956 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. He is also an art historian with particular interests in Australian art, and the author of Australian Art and Artists in London (1950-1965): an antipodean summer, published in 2012. Simon has recently completed a six-month residency at Dunmoochin, Melbourne, the home of Australian artist Clifton Pugh. Simon is a landscape painter working in oils and watercolour. He is a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, an artist associate member of the Alpine Club, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Will Hill is a typographer, educator and visual artist whose work is concerned with type, letters and the visual properties of language. He is the author of The Complete Typographer (Thames and Hudson 2010), co-author of Art and Text (Black Dog 2011), and contributor to the Phaidon Compendium of Graphic Design (2012) and the Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System (2017). He is Deputy Head of the School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University where he leads the MA in Graphic Design and Typography, and where he recently co-curated the exhibition Graphic Constellations: visual poetry and the properties of space (Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge 2015). He holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. His work as a visual artist deals with the typography of environment and architecture, his kinetic artwork Cosmographica was exhibited at St Peter Hungate, Norwich in 2013, and he has recently collaborated with sculptor Harry Gray on the artwork Discover and Acquire for Clare College, Cambridge.
Yu Hui is a female artist and was born in Nanjing in 1960. She is a member of Chinese Artists Association, a national level artist, a Fellow of China National Academy of painting and a distinguished professor of Art Research Institute, Nanjing University. She is also the Vice President of Jiangsu Academy of traditional Chinese painting.
In 1975, Zhang Zhigang was born in the Linchuan District of Fuzhou City, Jiangxi Province. In 1996, he graduated from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. Zhang Zhigang has studied and promoted the ceramic handicrafts of Baihu Kiln for over 20 years. Since childhood, he has followed and learned from Zhang Yalin, Yu Yong, Huang Huanyi, Li Jianshen, and other masters of ceramic arts and crafts. His works have been exhibited in Beijing and won many awards.
Zheng Qinyan currently works as an associate professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In addition, Zheng is a commissioner of the Youth Federation which is directly governed by the Central Government of China, and a committee member of the Chinese Calligraphers Association. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in 2007 and 2008. Throughout 2009, she gave a series of lectures on Chinese art and related art education at over ten universities including the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo exhibitions were successfully held at the Macy Art Gallery of Columbia University in 2008. Through sponsorship provided by the Overseas Training Project for Chinese Young Artists funded by the Chinese Artists Association, she has visited the Art Institute of Chicago and presented "The Reverie in Zen—Zheng Qinyan’s Exhibition of Works on Paper". Her works have been collected by many art institutions.