Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - The LQM Gallery in New London will feature "Contemporary Ink Trio," an art exhibition from Nov. 16-30. The opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 16. Qimin Liu, professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University, is the LQM Gallery's artistic director.
"Contemporary Ink Trio" is LQM Gallery's latest exhibition featuring three Chinese artists taking part in the ICAS (International Contemporary Art Space) International Residency Artist program. These young artists bring together the masterful techniques of traditional Chinese Ink Painting, with edgy and original contemporary concepts, each with their own distinct style. From abstractions to detailed line work, "Contemporary Ink Trio" offers interesting concepts, fresh representations, and an incredible amount of passion and skill that is evident in the works.
Liu Jing works in the traditional medium of ink while combining both technical accuracy and abstraction for harmoniously balanced compositions. With a wide variety of subject matter, Liu Jing draws inspiration from the world around him and represents the essence of these things with the expressive touch of the brush.
Wang Peng creates works of art which defy typical categorization with the combination of symbols and motifs present. Elegant and dignified figures, theatrical masks, ink washes and stylized line work come together as one in these expressive, yet solemn pieces.
Yue Xiaofei works in both watercolor and ink, and creates stunning realistic works of art with a skilled touch of expression and contemporary subject matter. Figures, geometric shapes and symbols of our modern world come together to tell stories in a way which caters to one's undying curiosity about the world. The artists draw on the past while incorporating current techniques and concepts to achieve a remarkable visual balance.
The artists will be available to meet with the public at the opening show on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30 and is free and open to the public. In addition to the exhibition, the artists will also be available to meet with and work alongside local artists and members of the community interested in participating in group discussions of artwork and culture as well as group figure drawing and landscape painting sessions.
LQM Gallery is located in the Harris Building Atrium, Room 106, at 165 State St., New London CT. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Artistic Director Qimin Liu at (860) 237-1081 or Gallery Director Clint Slowik at (860) 501-9024. Also visit www.lqmgallery.com or the LQM Facebook page at facebook.com/LQMGallery for updates about this and future events, workshops and exhibitions.