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Chinese art bridges language gap

By Leanne Coleman

Professor Gao Fei is a modern style painter while Professor Wu Dongsheng paints in the traditional Chinese style Professor Gao Fei is a modern style painter while Professor Wu Dongsheng paints in the traditional Chinese style

Language was no barrier when two celebrated Chinese painters began a short residency at Charles Darwin University recently, enabling CDU students, staff and the community to immerse themselves in Chinese art and culture.

Both artists from Anhui Normal University in the city of Wuhu, in Anhui Province, the NT’s sister Province visited Darwin as part of the ongoing partnership between Anhui Normal University and CDU through the Confucius Institute at Casuarina campus.

Communicating through their art, Professor Gao Fei and Professor Wu Dongsheng provided students and visitors with a lesson in traditional and modern Chinese art.

Professor Wu Dongsheng demonstrated how to draw the structure of a traditional painting, how to use the ink and brushes correctly and about the traditional seal artists use to identify themselves.

Professor Gao Fei gave a lecture in “Xian”, the traditional Chinese School of Painting.

Confucius Institute Director Professor Martin Jarvis said that CDU was delighted to welcome the two highly respected visual arts colleagues from Anhui Normal University.

“The focus of the Confucius Institute is on teaching Chinese language and culture,” Professor Jarvis said. “This was a wonderful opportunity for students and the public to learn more from such celebrated artists.”

An exhibition of their work was also held in the Nan Giese Gallery.