Chan Kai 陳佳
Chan Kai has learned from Liu Haisu, a master of the Shanghai School. She has made friends and painted together with such hall-level calligraphers and painters as Li Keran, Cheng Shifa, Zhu Qizhan, Guan Liang, Zhao Shaoang, Huang Xuanwu, Li Xiongcai, and is respected. Benefited from her diligent practice in her early years, and the guidance of many famous masters, plus her exploration of poetry creation, Chan Kai’s works not only have a traditional flavor, but also are not bound by tradition. Instead, they are a fusion of ancient and modern China and the West, as well as poetry and painting.
Chan Kai's Chinese ink paintings, through the natural collision and blending of ink and colors, form a variety of layered and textural effects, which are in harmony with the shades and tones of color. They show the gorgeous and changeable natural scenery such as cloud sky, mountains, water light, flowers and birds. They express the throbbing of the soul, detach from the turbulence of the world, and create a unique artistic conception.
Chan Kai is good at writing new poems and is skilled in expressing delicate and rich emotions. Her paintings are full of bookishness in a dashing and agile manner. The natural fusion of color and ink and the dexterity of brushwork reveal her tenacity to explore the true meaning of art in a familiar way, highlighting the extraordinary beauty of spirituality. Her acrylic works combine the form of Western abstraction with the color composition of Impressionism in the traditional Chinese brush and ink language, integrating with the emotional experience of natural scenery, to form a unique style, which is refreshing.
Chan Kai is also a contemporary lyric poet. Her paintings and poems exude the same temperament, with gentle rhythm but not lacking in eloquence. The poems and paintings not only permeate the beauty of femininity and gracefulness, but also have a masculine and vigorous spirituality. In her works, there is full of artistic conception of poetry in the paintings and there are painting sentiments in the poems.
Chan Kai's paintings have been exhibited in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and other places, and some of her works have been collected by national art galleries, museums and private collectors.
“Stupendous Journey, Magnificent Achievement: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China - Great Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition of National Famous Artists” (2019, China Post)
“Chinese Painting Exhibition of Kwok Ti Hong and Chan Kai” (2018, Chaoyang Museum, Guangdong)
“Chinese Painting Exhibition of Kwok Ti Hong and Chan Kai” (2014, Shenzhen Art Museum)
“Exhibition of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy by Chan Kai” (2012, Guangdong Provincial Lingdong Museum of Arts)
The 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China - Limited Edition Commemorative Stamps（Beijing China Philatelic Culture Center, 2019）
Chinese Painting Exhibition of Chan Kai (Chaoyang Museum, Guangdong, 2018)
Chinese Painting Exhibition of Chan Kai (Shenzhen Art Museum, 2014)
Poetry and Paintings by Chan Kai (Chinese Buddhist Painting and Calligraphy Academy, 2009)
Chan Kai keeps learning and exchanging ideas with some of the top Chinese artists
Liu Haisu was Chan Kai's mentor and teacher
Li Xiongcai was taken photo with Chan Kai in his home
ZHAO SHAO'ANG inscribed with a dedication on Chan Kai's painting (photo taken in Chan Kai's studio)
Exchange ideas with Thailand's top Chinese artists after Chan Kai's solo exhibition in Thailand