Lipont Gallery presents
Soul of ink: Qiaofu
Opening: Sunday July 28th 2019 4:00pm
Exhibition: July 28 – August 2, 2019
Organized by Grand Long Holding Canada Ltd., The Soul of Ink Exhibition will showcase over eighty scrolls of Mr. Qiaofu’s traditional Chinese calligraphy and Chinese ink paintings.
Qiaofu, literally translated as woodcutter, signs his calligraphy works with the pen name instead of his real name. He proposes that “calligraphy alone suffices to recognize a person” quoting the preface written by Liu Jiang in the Calligraphy Collection of Qiaofu. Born into a literati family, Qiaofu developed an indissoluble bond with calligraphy since childhood. He was profoundly influenced by his family members, such as his grandfather Wu Gan, who was a famous calligrapher in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Qiaofu’s practice in calligraphy started from inscriptions on steles and bamboo tablets. The classics of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism are also embodied in his work.
Qiaofu advocates and respects the great philosophy of “the principle of Tao follows nature” and “Tao is not far from anybody.” In his own words, calligraphy should avoid being too “intentional, willful or crafty”, and “good Chinese characters in calligraphy are those free from any affectation and follow nature, while good art forms are those free from ornaments and good at describing things and touching people’s souls”. With these concepts, he tries to express these ideas through his work and wins extensive recognition and praise from renowned calligraphers at home and abroad. In the past decade, his calligraphy received recognition in China, Japan, USA, and France.
The exhibition opens from July 28 until August 2 at Lipont Place in Richmond.
Grand Long Holding Canada Ltd.
Established in 1991, Grand Long Holding Canada Ltd is principally engaged in real estate development in China and Canada. Following its corporate philosophy of “Spur with long accumulation” and “Heaven blesses the diligent”, it adheres to the concepts of “Broadening mind”, “Being devoted” and “Giving back to society”. During the past decade, it generously sponsored St. George’s School, York House School in Vancouver and Rhode Island School of Design in USA. Moreover, the company has spared no effort to promote the arts and cultural exchange between China and Canadian, to sponsor Vancouver Art Gallery and its Institute of Asian Arts’s curatorial activities.
Lipont Place is a multifunctional venue for exhibitions, auctions, events, meetings, trade shows, performances, and creative pop-up shops. With a total footprint of 21,000 square feet, Lipont Place is Metro Vancouver’s newest international venue, staging some of the most exciting events in the region. With 230 on-site parking spaces and just steps away from the Canada Line, Lipont Place has hosted solo exhibitions and group exhibitions with participation from hundreds of artists from Canada and abroad. These exhibitions showcased contemporary photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, and crafts. It also hosted the traveling exhibition Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.