The Moon Festival Exhibition is currently on show at Gallery 307 (Northbridge). The group exhibition features works from local Australian artists with a theme in relation to the moon and was opened by the Mayor of Willoughby City Council – Gail Giles-Gidney, along with the Northbridge Junior Art Prize.
The Chinese lunar calendar entails the mid-autumn festival as the 15th day of the eighth month, which is a full moon. And this tradition is to celebrate the end of autumn harvest, and also a time of family gathering around the round dining table to have a feast and eating mooncakes with tea. Meanwhile, in Chinese folklore, it is known that the moon lady ‘Chang Er’ resides within the moon palace inside the moon, along with her companion the moon jade rabbit ‘Yu Tu’ who happens to be always making a medicine for longevity. There’s also a man named ‘Wu Gang’ who’s endlessly cutting a self-healing osmanthus tree, so it’s been a bit of a punishment for him.
Ru Xi is exhibiting three pieces of her never-before-seen works with a theme in relation to the sun and moon. Do feel free to go and check it out while it’s still on!
The creation myths across the lands have been recounted in vivid and miscellaneous ways. The pre-historic eras of ancient China have entailed various creation and mythology tales for us to share with people of all lands, cultures, and histories.
‘Fu Xi’, ‘Nu Wa’, and ‘Hong’ are three circular ‘plates’ that revives the ancient Chinese legends and heavenly creatures of the Shang Gu (pre-historic) myths, through the magical use of the Chinese inks and colours and the abstraction of the dragon metaphor.
‘The Rainbow Serpent’ scrolls depicts two separate frames of a single painting, as the artwork narrates the Dreamtime story of the rainbow serpent, the lorikeet brothers, the beautiful landscapes of the Australian outback and hidden nature spirits of the land. The art is double mounted and fabric framed on a handmade xuan paper scroll.
Ru Xi’s art is whimsical, mythical and ethereal, in many ways the trace of the ever-changing dragon dances across the paper to delicately tell the story of her identity.
This Chinese New Year in 2018, Ru Xi is invited along with 5 other visual arts from both Chinese and Indian ethnic backgrounds who have all made this land Australia their home, to deliver a significant exhibition of inter-cultural dialogue called ‘Chindia’. Each artist explores their cultural identities, diaspora experiences and artistic purpose on the indigenous land of the first nation people, where an abundance of cultures and the thriving richness in its multi-cultural landscape is reshaping the continent.
Ru Xi will be creating 5 new works dedicated to this exhibition, by exploring the meaningful similarities of ancient Chinese mythologies with the indigenous Dreamtime stories. The artworks will be a vivid portrayal of the myths, emotions, reflections and personal narratives, presented in a contemporary yet traditional manner.
This year, Ru Xi has entered “The Dragons” into the Australian Chinese Painting Society Annual Exhibition 2017.
“The Dragons” is a interplanetary or almost galactic exploration of the ancient Chinese mythology of the two serpent gods called Nu Wa and Fu Xi, as they entered into the human realm, they have created and taught the Chinese people about knowledges of agriculture, civilisation and social/moral order etc. Which is almost close to the modern conspiracy theories of the ancient reptilian race. However, in Chinese mythological history, Fu Xi and Nu Wa are noted as benevolent and compassionate God/Goddess to its children (the people). The ‘alien’ beings portrayed on the top right, middle and bottom left, defines the process of our existence, when coming into the world; and enduring the turbulences of the duality of this dimension but in calm meditative position; and ends with the resting buddha position of leaving this realm, but returning back into the interplanetary dimensions.
For interest in this artwork’s acquisition, please contact us.
On September 15th, artist Ru Xi (Lucy Wang) have donated two artworks for the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veteran’s Association’s 20th Anniversary Commemorative Fundraising Gala Dinner at the Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT.
The event was attended by significant leaders within the Australian defence and veteran and related industries. And one of the artworks “The Peacekeeper” had broken the silent auction record on the night, with an acquisition donation of AUS$1000.00.
Ru Xi is very pleased with the auction results and wishes all the best to APPVA and its important role in the support of Australian Defence, Peacekeeping and Veteran Affairs.
For more information about the Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veteran’s Association, please visit: http://www.peacekeepers.asn.au/ and make a donation today!
The “Chinese Rice Paper into Australia” art exhibition will be showing until 12th Feb 2017.
Every day 12pm ~ 6pm
259 Riley Street, Surry Hills
The Opening event on 4th Feb 2017 was attended by local Sydney Councillor Mr. Robert Kok, ACPS President Mr. Andrew Lo, TAP Gallery director Ms. Lesley Dimmick, as well as Guest Speaker Dr. Richard Wu, along with many friends, supporters, local artists and art enthusiasts.
Old Tales Series I, II, III, depicts the ancient mystical creatures of BangYu, XuMeng and HuaShe, which are all residents of the seas and rivers. Based on the Chinese ancient scripture of “Shan Hai Jing” – the book of Mountains and Seas.
Showcased at The Australian Chinese Painting Society Annual Exhibition 2016.
Medium: Mixed Media – rice paper, Chinese ink and colour, cork, on stand display
Size: approx 20cm
Old Tales Series I & II have been both collected and acquired by our patrons.
A live painting demonstration and talk to begin this Cheeky & Cheerful Year of the Monkey.
It was an honour to be painting before a crowd of art enthusiasts and international visitors within the scenic grounds of the Chinese Gardens of Friendship in Sydney (Australia), and together we have not only celebrated the Chinese New Year but also Valentine’s Day! And here I have dedicated the Monkey to be holding a heart, to unite these two wonderful celebrations of the East and West.
A big thank you to the Australian Chinese Painting society for giving me this opportunity to showcase my brush works. And I wish that it has been a joyous and educational experience for those who have attended the event!
Photography courtesy of: Trevor Vale, Michael Nguyễn & Siqi Sun