Successful East Bay Open Studios Winter Event

On December 2 and 3, fourteen artists and artisans presented paintings, drawings, ceramics, mosaics, and jewelry at Makers Workspace Studio during the East Bay Open Studios (EBOS). It was a successful communal space. I am particularly pleased that my friend Edith Ng presented her beautiful ceramics to the public for the first time, as our guest artist. Her debut brought tremendous energy and many guests to our studio and all of us benefit from her presence.

During the EBOS event, I was able to sell more than a dozen gouache and ink paintings. Here a some of these works:

Roots, gouache on paper, 14x11, 2023
Roots, gouache on paper, 14×11, 2023
Hydrangea, gouache on paper, 14x11, 2023
Hydrangea, gouache on paper, 14×11, 2023
The View, India Ink on Yupo paper, 14x11, 2023
The View, India Ink on Yupo paper, 14×11, 2023
Flickering, gouache on paper, 14x11, 2023
Flickering, gouache on paper, 14×11, 2023
Profusion, gouache on Yupo paper, 14x11, 2023
Profusion, gouache on Yupo paper, 14×11, 2023
Ethereal, gouache on Yupo paper, 14x11, 2023
Ethereal, gouache on Yupo paper, 14×11, 2023
Autumn Song, gouache on paper, 11x14, 2023
Autumn Song, gouache on paper, 11×14, 2023
Red, gouache on paper, 11x14, 2023
Red, gouache on paper, 11×14, 2023
Breaching, gouache on paper, 11x14, 2022
Breaching, gouache on paper, 11×14, 2022

I am so grateful for all the support I received. Thank you!

Hallucinatory oil painting “Disperse”

My 2022 oil painting, Disperse, captures a hallucinatory moment of a nighttime landscape — between the silhouettes of two monumental and interlocking trees, a group of tiny figures scurrying by, running away from their familiar ground, their fates, their tormentors or captors. The specificities are intentionally omitted, so as to leave the viewers to interpret freely and to fill in the missing details, though the title does hint at diaspora stories in the headlines of late.

Disperse, oil on canvas, 20"x30", 2022

Disperse, oil on canvas, 20″x30″, 2022

This piece will be part of the juried exhibition “Within Sight or From Imagination” at GearBox Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612 (August 10 – September 9, 2023). Juror: Jeremy Morgan.
Opening Reception: August 12, Sat., 1 to 4 pm | Juror’s talk: September 2, Sat., 2 pm

July Exhibition in City Art Gallery, San Francisco

In July, I will return to the wonderful co-op gallery in San Francisco: City Art Gallery, which “opened its doors at 828 Valencia St. in 1998 and has remained a constant in the radically changing Valencia corridor.”

Exhibition date: July 5-30
Reception & the City Art’s 25th Anniversary Celebration: July 7, Friday, 7-10 pm Location: 828 Valencia St, San Fransisco (between 19th & 20th)
Gallery Hours: Sun, Wed-Thursday 12-9 pm, Fri/Sat 12-10 pm
My gallery sitting shifts: July 16, Sat, 12-4:30 pm, July 22, Sun, 12-5 pm

Below are the sample of the pieces I will exhibit:

Resting, 11x14, Ink on Yupo paper, 2023
Ripples, 11x14, Ink on Yupo paper, 2023
Undulate, gouache on paper, 11x14, 2023
Jaunty, gouache on paper, 11x14, 2023

Exploring new media – India ink on Yupo paper

Recently, I started to explore painting with black India ink on synthetic, non-absorbent Yupo paper, whose water-resistant nature can be exploited and allow some interesting effects when the ink is washed, sprayed, scrubbed, and removed. I am happy with the results; these new paintings look richly layered, light and shadow contrasted in a complicated and mysterious way, and the flowing ink traces are often unpredictable, playful, and evocative.

Petals
Petals, Ink on Yupo paper, 14"x11", 2023

Petals, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 11”x14″, 2023

Petals, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 11”x14″, 2023

Petals, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 11”x14″, 2023

Dandelions
Dandelions, Ink on Yupo paper, 14"x11", 2023

Dandelions, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 14”x11″, 2023

Dandelions, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 14”x11″, 2023

Dandelions, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 14”x11″, 2023

C Major
C Major, ink on yupo paper, 9"x12", 2023

C Major, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 9”x12″, 2023

C Major, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 9”x12″, 2023

C Major, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 9”x12″, 2023

Scour
Scour, ink on yupo paper, 9"x12", 2023

Scour, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 9”x12″, 2023

Scour, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 9”x12″, 2023

Scour, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 9”x12″, 2023

Ripples
Ripples, 11x14, Ink on Yupo paper, 2023

Ripples, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 11”x14″, 2023

Ripples, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 11”x14″, 2023

Ripples, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 11”x14″, 2023

Resting
Resting, 11x14, Ink on Yupo paper, 2023

Resting, India ink on Yupo paper, 11″x14″, 2023

Resting, India ink on Yupo paper, 11″x14″, 2023

Resting, India ink on Yupo paper, 11″x14″, 2023

Orbit
Orbit, India ink on Yupo paper, 11"x14", 2023

Orbit, India ink on Yupo paper, 11″x14″, 2023

Orbit, India ink on Yupo paper, 11″x14″, 2023

Orbit, India ink on Yupo paper, 11″x14″, 2023

Stone Flower
Stone Flower, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12x9, 2023

Stone Flower, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12”x9″, 2023

Stone Flower, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12”x9″, 2023

Stone Flower, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12”x9″, 2023

Diffuse
Diffuse, Ink on Yupo paper, 14"x11", 2023

Diffuse, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 14”x11″, 2023

Diffuse, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 14”x11″, 2023

Diffuse, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 14”x11″, 2023

Luxuriant
Luxuriant, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12x9, 2023

Luxuriant, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12”x9″, 2023
🔴 Sold

Luxuriant, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12”x9″, 2023
🔴 Sold

Luxuriant, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12”x9″, 2023
🔴 Sold

Pervade
Pervade, India ink on Yupo paper, 14"x11", 2023

Pervade, India ink on Yupo paper, 14″x11″, 2023

Pervade, India ink on Yupo paper, 14″x11″, 2023

Pervade, India ink on Yupo paper, 14″x11″, 2023

The View
The View, ink on yupo paper, 12"x9", 2023

The View, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12”x9″, 2023

The View, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12”x9″, 2023

The View, India Ink on Yupo Paper, 12”x9″, 2023

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Dandelions
C Major
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Ripples
Resting
Orbit
Stone Flower
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Pervade
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Purifying “Luminous”

“Luminous” is a translucent landscape in the midst of a thorough purification – loaded yet still airy rain clouds release a generous yet gentle downpour, which rushes into the solid ground and continues to overflow in the already soaked terrain. The dark clouds, and darker soil, rendered the space in between even brighter, as if backlit, glowing, and luminous. Above the warm earth, the cool rain and clouds leave a refreshing impression.

Luminous, gouache on paper, 9x12 inches, 2022

Luminous
9” x 12”
Gouache on paper
Completed in 2022

Abstract “Autumn Rain”

“Autumn Rain” is a semi-abstract inspired by a rainy landscape. I endeavored to capture the pleasant wetness enveloping the fields and hills, and the wonderful interplay of cool and warm hues in the rich fall season. Bold and patchy strokes obliterated the contours of easily identifiable objects and rendered the landscape into almost pure patterns and rhythms.

Autumn Rain, gouache on paper, 9x12 inches, 2021

Autumn Rain
9” x 12”
Gouache on paper
Completed in 2021

Ethereal “Immaculate”

“Immaculate” aptly summarizes its subject of the painting – several ethereal white lilies floating in an opaque water body, whose pattern resembles the other-worldly images transmitted by the great Hubble Space Telescope. These dreamily floating flowers and their irregularly patterned background, mesmerize and pull the viewers into the depth.

This painting was published by Your Impossible Voice as the cover art in their 24th Issue in Spring 2021.

Immaculate, gouache on paper, 9x12 inches, 2020

Immaculate
gouache on paper
9″x12″
2020

Uncertain “Prospect”

An open, terraced, and desiccated field, dominated by a truss tower of industrial scale, dwarfed by the vault of leaden clouds, served as the backdrop of a small-scaled human drama, which centered on a lone figure looking toward the city silhouette in the distance, as if contemplating his or her future, in the region unknown. All these formed the subject of my landscape painting, Prospect, which suggested some inner turmoil without resorting to gestural embellishments – understated but impactful. I am pleased with the contrast between the vast landscape and the insignificant figure who got lost amid the cold and uninviting surroundings.

Prospect, oil on canvas, 22"x28", 2021

Touching Landscape Painting – “Still Water”

Several years ago, while traveling to Seattle, I encountered an unusual man-made lake, whose smooth surface was dotted with numerous bleached tree stumps, scattering across large swatches of the water surface. These turned out not to be tree stumps, rather relics or ruins of former workers’ dormitory sheds, which were abandoned and flooded with the change of the industries. The moving and melancholic image of the disappeared past haunted me ever since, and later the stumps-dotted lake and the ghost town underneath became the subject of my landscape oil painting Still Water, aiming to capture the poignancy of the sight.

Still Water - 靜水 - Stilles Wasser
Still Water
Oil on Canvas
30” x 40”
Completed in 2020