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Fleisher From a Distance: Chinese Brush Painting Demonstration

Join us for a demonstration and a conversation about the medium, technique, and philosophy of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy with Josephine Tsai. We will discuss the basic brushwork, the inks, brushes, and Xuan paper, and demonstrate the process and technique.

Josephine grew up in Taiwan, where she was exposed to the richness of Chinese culture. She immigrated to the United States in 1980 and lives in Media, where she is an active participant in the Delaware Valley community.

Josephine received her natural science degree at Fuzen Catholic University. In the last 30 years, she has been an accomplished businessperson. However, art-related works, especially Chinese watercolor painting, have always been her first love. She received private instruction from several well-known masters of Chinese art, but she considers Mother Nature to be the greatest teacher. “My art work represents my love and respect for nature,” she says. “Nature’s graceful character conveys a sentiment beyond its outward appearance. It is not an objective reflection through the sense of sights, but rather a subjective expression of insight.”

Her works often combine three distinct styles of Chinese painting, the realistic style, the spontaneous style and the ink splashed style, allowing the positive aspects of each to create a lively impression. At the same time, her artistic details invite the viewer to explore the spirit of the art. “My dancing brush and singing ink merge into my passion for the outside world and the joy of my inner being.”

This demonstration is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 but is limited to maximum number of 100 participants. Advanced registration is required. The tour will be hosted through Zoom, which can be accessed on desktop and laptop computers, as well as mobile devices. We highly recommend downloading the Zoom app to your device in advance. You will receive a URL to join the demonstration after you complete the registration process.