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November 5, 2004 :: No. 80

Atrium Gallery Presents First Showing of Chinese Paintings

What: The Brush of Xing Jie “Jason” Chen: A Study of Technique and Motif in Chinese Painting explores the versatile works of Chen, whose paintings include applying Chinese techniques to interpret American Southwest landscapes.
Were: Atrium Gallery, Pollak Library, Cal State Fullerton

Nov. 6, 2004-April 5, 2005

Public Information: 657-278-7160
More Than
Meets The Eye:

Unlike the dramatic changes of attitude and techniques in the west — classicism, romanticism, impressionism and many modern movements — little revolutionary growth has occurred in traditional Chinese painting, or Guohua (national painting), since its development during the Sung dynasty (1000-1200s).

Chinese ink and brush painting interfaces with many elements — poetry, calligraphy, seals — and expresses Chinese cultural ideals and values. Beyond the aesthetic, most of the narrative or pictorial works embody morals and illustrate social functions. Paintings often employ symbolism and retell stories and legends of heroes and religions, or may depict famous landscapes and familiar poems.

Media Contact:

Veronica Chiang, director of exhibitions, at 657-278-2990 or

Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, at 657-278-4851 or