East Asia Library hosts pop-up exhibition of Chinese painting

October 22, 2018
Joshua Capitanio

From October 20 - November 2, 2018, the East Asia Library will host a pop-up exhibition in the third floor display cases featuring paintings produced by students in ART245: The Art of Lotus in Chinese Brush Painting, taught by Felix Chan Lim, Ph.D. and Bobbi Makani-Lim, Ph.D.

Continuously evolving for a period of more than 6,000 years, Chinese Brush Painting is considered as one of the oldest living arts in the world. Chinese brush painting is simple in spirit, concept and execution. This ancient art reflects harmony, serenity and tranquility, yet its execution could be exceedingly contemporary.

The mastery of Chinese brush painting involves many years of commitment, dedication, patience and self-discipline, hence considered as one of the most demanding art forms in the world.  It is generally believed that the virtues practiced during the mastery of the art leads to the enrichment of one’s life and the enhancement of the highest principles and ideals of the Chinese culture. It is believed by the Chinese that devoting one’s life to the mastery of Chinese brush painting is a very noble pursuit for the mind and the spirit.   

ART245 introduces students to the art and philosophy of painting the lotus, a flowering plant that plays a major symbolic role in several different cultures. The lotus is a great subject for metaphors due to its nature. The lotus flower grows in mud, but it blooms above the water from the mud where it started. Throughout the course, students learned the fundamentals of painting and developing skills and techniques for painting the lotus flower using the Chinese brush. This class art exhibit is a showcase of the techniques and skills learned in the course.

Featured student artists: 

Beth Bo 

Adele Chi

Mi Jiang

Tomoe Kalnay

Sungha Lee  

Li Liang   

Linda Papanicolaou

Susan Poletti

Amelia Qu 

Christine Saint Georges

DiPali Shah 

Hugh Brent Solvason

Nora Wu   

Ran Xin   

Jiayan Zhao  

Ruiqi Zhou



Joshua Capitanio

Joshua Capitanio

Public Services Librarian, East Asia Library
Bibliographer, East and Southeast Asia (Western languages)
Subject Specialist, Religious Studies