Monday, November 15, 2010

Instructor Show at UC Berkeley Extension

Oil Painting/Calligraphy by Aiqin Zhou© (MFA)  Photo by Lehmann Sio

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Jade Circle Demonstration at the Asian Art Museum

the “Four Seasons”
Oil Painting by Aiqin Zhou© (MFA)  Photo by: Junpei Cui 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Nine Dings-Blessing from Cleveland 2010

Photo by Billy
A Blessing received from Father Geama of St. Mary’s. The “Nine Dings” paintings are currently being displayed at the Art Museum in ClevelandOH.

Made of bronze or ceramic in various shapes, the ding (or ting) is an ancient Chinese culture dated back to Shang Dynasty (circa 1600 – 1046 BC). King Yu the Great of Xia Dynasty (circa 2070 – 1600 BC) had a set of nine dings made when he divided his territory into nine provinces, and that possession of all nine was a “mandate of heaven” to rule all. Chinese-American artist Aiqin Zhou took it as her task to recreate Nine Dings through art to interpret the ancient history and traditional culture of Chinese history. To Zhou, the essence of Chinese culture deposited in its rich history is about spirit (jing), energy (qi), and soul (shen). Zhou chose the three-legged style of Zhou Dynasty ding as the three legs represent heaven, earth, and mankind. The Zhou Dynasty’s Emperor used the ding to celebrate his parents and to create the balance of yin and yang, prosperity and peace. Zhou also happens to be the family name of the artist herself. Decades of studying of Chinese classics and philosophies led Zhou to the contents of her calligraphy: the nine dings. The writing in Chinese history is know as: Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji) by Sima Qian (circa 145 – 90 BC). Zhou painted her nine dings using Chinese cursive style brush stroke and Chinese materials combined with the three-dimensionality of colors found in Western art. The different values of Chinese ink take vivid forms on traditional rice paper, bringing out the artist’s concept in stunning force and lucid elegance. Nine is the most important number in Chinese culture, associated with royalty, abundance and prosperity. Aiqin Zhou not only chose to paint nine dings, but to finish the work in the year 2009. It was the year that celebrated the year that marked the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between China and the United States, her motherland and her adopted country.*

{*- excerpted from ITM press release.}

Photo by Wu Fanhao
All Paintings by Aiqin Zhou©(MFA)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

30th Anniversary of China & United States Diplomacy

In 2009 I was honored to present art at a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Sino-US diplomatic relations that was held in Oregon. In the picture I am standing with Wu Jainmin (吴建民), who presently serves as the president of China Foreign Affairs University, and previously held prominent posts such as: Ambassador of China to the UN, and the Ambassador of China to France. At the demonstration I was invited to paint 60 flowers with accompanying calligraphy.

Photo by: Duncan Robertson, edited by Billy

Photo by: Duncan Robertson, edited by Billy


The completed Dao De Jin, pictured here, contains 81 panels of text, with more than 5,000 individual characters, instructing how to create balance in life. A single mistake would necessitate a fresh start, so that in preparation I needed to practice the complete piece three times. For me, Lao Zi is universal, having no time reference, past or future, and is neither Eastern nor Western. Because this work is like a mirrored reflection of my own mind and heart, my in-depth calligraphy studies metamorphosed into a new and uniquely personal style to express his thoughts.

Calligraphy & Painting by Aiqin Zhou ©
  photo by: Duncan Robertson

Monday, May 3, 2010

AsiaAlive in Asian Art Museum 2008

These are some pictures from another demonstration that I did at the Asian Art Museum in 2008. In the last picture you can see that I wanted to involve some of my students, so we all worked on the painting together. 

Our Chinese Painting Group: One World, One Spirit
photo by: Debbie Clearwater

Visit from school children

Photo by: May Lee 

Talking about the art with visitors.
photo by: Inga F. 

Thanks to friends that attended from hollywood. 
Photo by: Ed Johnson

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Asian Art Museum demo 2006

To the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Asian Art Museum

Photo by: Junpei Cui

photo by: Hermine Marshall

Friday, April 30, 2010