In Foshan, Guangzhou, South China, I joined a group of wonderful artists. Both Chinese and Dutch painters, ceramic artists and musicians went to work and exhibit together.
The event was organised by Rebecca Yang of Sky Culture, the Royal Netherlands Consulate-General of Guangzhou, the Foshan City Art Institute and others.
After the Dutch Kings Day reception the cultural and artistic exchange event started.
At the Foshan Art Institute we worked together; exchanging ideas, sharing cultural habits and material, creating art together. Learning and trying out traditional methods and ink painting. Exchanging material like Chinese rice paper and sails from Holland. Experimenting with different glazes and painting on ceramic tiles.
In between drinking tea together from the special ornamented tea tabels and lovely cups and bottles. I think that beauty can be found in the smallest of things. For example in teapots and cups! The Dutch and the Chinese both like to drink tea, but the way to drink it and the pots and cups are quite different. I liked to show these every day items in my drawings and paintings. Many things inspired me during this trip, as you can see here!
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All the artworks were shown at the exhibition at the Guangdong Calligraphy Garden, Foshan, China. The night was opened with several speeches, a wonderful concert and the taking of lots of photos!. (text continues below photos)
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It was an amazing experience to be part of these Sino-Dutch Days. It was a true exchange of culture and art, establishing the friendship between China and the Netherlands. Besides learning a lot and inspiring each other, we also had a very good time and fun together! Looking forward to work again with my new artist friends! (text continues below photos)
All participating artists:
– Henry Kelder (piano)
– Johan van der Linden (saxophone)
– Francine Vis (soprano)
– Egbert Jan Louwerse (flute)
– Jianxi Zhao, Vice President of the Foshan City Artistic Creation Institute and Dean of Foshan Sculpture Academy 简锡昭，佛山市艺术创作院副院长、佛山雕塑院院长。
– Li Min, sculptor of Foshan Sculpture Institute, artist of Foshan Art Institute.李敏，佛山市艺术创作院艺术家·佛山雕塑院雕塑家。
– Wang Yongcai, Director of Professional Painter and Painting Creation Department of Foshan Art Academy and Foshan Academy of Fine Arts.王永才，佛山市艺术创作院·佛山画院专业画家、绘画创作部主任。
– Ant Tide, Foshan City Art Design Institute professional sculptor Foshan City Sculpture Committee Secretary.蚁潮，佛山市艺术创作院专业雕塑家佛山市雕塑艺委秘书。
– Luo Zhiqi, currently a professional sculptor of the Foshan Sculpture Institute of the Academy of Fine Arts of Foshan City.罗志奇，现任佛山市艺术创作院·佛山雕塑院专业雕塑家。
– Blue Front, sculptor of Foshan Art and Design Institute.蓝之锋，佛山市艺术创作院雕塑家。
– Zhang Weiwei, a professional artist of the Foshan City Art Design Institute.张微微，佛山市艺术创作院专业艺术家。
– Duan Junhao is a full-time painter of the Foshan Art Academy and Foshan Academy of Fine Arts. 段俊豪，佛山市艺术创作院·佛山画院专职画家
– Jiang Shan is a professional artist of the Foshan Artistic Creation Institute and the secretary-general of the Foshan Art Museum. 江山，佛山市艺术创作院专业艺术家、佛山美术馆联盟秘书长
– Sun Wenke, professional painter of Foshan Art Academy and Foshan Art Academy.孙文科，佛山市艺术创作院·佛山画院专业画家。
– Li Xiaoli is a professional painter at the Foshan City Art Design Institute.李婉丽，佛山市艺术创作院专业画家。
– Qiu Dayi is a professional painter of the Foshan Art Academy and Foshan Art Academy. 邱大尉，佛山市艺术创作院·佛山画院专业画家。
– Yue Haixi is a professional painter in the Foshan Art Academy and Foshan Academy. 岳海喜，佛山市艺术创作院·佛山画院专业画家。