Jason puts an innovative twist on his Chinese/Vietnamese cultural upbringing with Buddhist, Daoist and traditional Chinese influences while growing up in Australia, through using materials such as plastics, spray paint and house paint.
Alongside his exhibition, he will run a one-day Chinese painting workshop, celebrating the medium of ink with calligraphic brushes on Chinese xuan paper.
The first part of the workshop familiarises the participants with the medium: holding the brush, using different techniques and doing a simple drawing. Jason will give the participants a one-line joke in a similar vein to “why did the chicken cross the road?”—all the jokes have an animal involved in them. The participants will draw the animal they have been given, aided by reference materials and Jason’s own drawings.
In the second part of the workshop, the jokes will be translated to Chinese characters and Jason will teach the participants how to draw/write the characters, copying them onto their drawings.
Jason will give a short overview of the history of Chinese painting, the materials, how humour plays a huge role in Chan Buddhist paintings and how their work will end up resembling a Chinese Folk Animal artwork.
Jason Phu brings his exhibition My Parents Met At The Fish Markets, which promises a fusion of cutting-edge modern art with traditional Chinese calligraphy and imagery in the style of the ‘New Ink’ movement.
SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER, 1PM-4PM
@ WEST SPACE Level 1/225 BOURKE ST, MELBOURNE
Registration for workshop via email@example.com by November 24.
Suitable for children and adults of any skill level