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'Images of China: Selected Works by Huang Ying
2/03/11

“Images of China: Selected Works by Huang Ying” opens today at the Cohen Gallery, 55 Main St., Alfred.

The exhibition is sponsored by the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, where Huang is a visiting scholar for the current academic year.

Huang is a member of the faculty of the Department of Art & Design, School of Arts and Communication, at the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, teaching courses in sketching, color, anatomy for art, Chinese paining and line drawing. Current and planned research interests include Chinese painting, pottery image language and language features, visual effect and delivery, and art education.

Huang’s work in the exhibition at the Cohen Gallery explores the ancient concept of ink as color. “Ink has been differentiated into five tones, which are the abstraction of color,” Huang explains.

“Exuberant colors can be represented in different shades and tones of the ink, which embodies the Taoist philosophy celebrating simplicity instead of superfluous coloration. From my paintings in this exhibition, one can observe the trace of the Zen-like reflection on this idea.

Huang earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chinese painting from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts.

The China University of Geosciences at Wuhan is Alfred University’s partner in its Confucius Institute, created to foster a better understanding of Chinese culture and language.