Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tale of the drunken beauty..........


Last week I was invited to visit and take photo's at Sima Gallery in Claremont. Hanging in pride of place this stunningly quintessential Chinese embroidery above by Yang Changjia titled 'The Drunken Beauty', the story of which is as colourful as the work itself and a classic scene in Chinese opera.  Briefly, Yang Gui Fei, one of the most beautiful ladies of ancient China was sent at the age of sixteen by her father to the palace of the young prince, but when his father the Emperor (fifty six) sees and falls in love with her, he takes her for himself. After getting drunk she performs this beautiful dance to express her sorrow and emptiness at losing her young love..
The paintings behind Ronny, Director and Public Relations person for the gallery, and the exhibition below called 'Women of Beauty' were painted by Chao Jingan mother of Jason Yun, Director and artist himself. Oh my, check out her credentials as a photographer and you'll understand why I'm a little nervous about my efforts here. What makes these original paintings even more special is that Chao Jingan painted them as part of her therapy after suffering a stroke, incredible oui!
The gallery also has an eclectic mix of handicrafts from embroidered jewellery boxes to vintage eastern style shoes and while you're thinking about things you can sit and sip a cup of Oolong tea, nice! Here's hoping that your week is going well, thoughts go out to the people of NSW and Queensland who are experiencing the worst start to the new year possible, take care.....


36 comments:

  1. I love everything I'm seeing here!Those paintings are fabulous! and .. embroidery?! I'm practising, but I'm so far from what I see here! great!

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  2. Colorful, fantastic paintings and your captures are superb, Grace!! What a great gallery and such a delightful place to spend visit!! I have been following the news about the weather in NSW and Queensland and it looks and sounds frightening!! Hope it has moved on!! The pics of the sea foam were amazing!! Stay safe and dry!!

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  3. The paintings are plenty of emotion, I see the strong feeling in her choice of colors and expressive lines, how wonderful!the handcrafts are beautiful as well!
    You prepared a great article and your picture are great.
    I miss these moments... 'cultural life'.Lucky you!
    hugs
    Léia

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  4. Wow, there are some gorgeous works of art here. What a wonderful exhibit. The Drunken Beauty is just awesome and the story is all too sad. There is so much to see in that painting will all those layers of colors and lines.
    To answer your question on my site for Tuesday, I did darken the sky.

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  5. What talent displayed here. Your photos do this exhibition justice. Bet you were excited to get the chance to used your camera. Nice results!!!!!

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  6. Colourful and joyful, just perfect!

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  7. An eclectic mix of colours and textures .... I like them a lot Grace especially "The Drunken Beauty"

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  8. This looks to be right up my alley. She is so beautiful as is the work! Tea anyone?? Perfect:)

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  9. The whole exhibit looks so colourful and cheerful to me, Grace!

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  10. Incredible Jingan Chao.
    History Yang Gui Fei exciting.
    A wonderful presentation.
    Hugs.

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  11. THATS an embroidery??? OMG, its amazing!! My late wife use do do embroidery, in fact, the one she was doing at the time she died, sits almost finished, and I am thinking of framing it as it is...

    Looks like a good exhibition!!

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  12. Amazing those paintings were created as part of the artist's physical therapy after a stroke. Wow -- that's terrific.

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  13. The Drunken Beauty is a stunning work. Actually, also looking at the works in the second photo make me think this exhibition must be amazing. I wonder if it will every be shown in Brisbane?

    PS Joe sent me. :D

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  14. I was impressed when I saw the first work and then finding out it is an embroidery, well, just amazing.

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  15. So incredibly beautiful...and to think a stroke victim could have created such incredible art!

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  16. Yes, I agree. Beautiful works of art. I love the bright colors.

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  17. What joy for the senses of sight and thought.

    Please have a good Wednesday.

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  18. Très beau tableau qui par la puissance de la couleur traduit le désespoir de la jeune femme.
    Très beau travail Grace et merci pour les explications.!!

    Oui c'est triste pour cette population, j'ai même pensé à toi en me demandant où tu étais par rapport à cette région !

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  19. That first one is a big splash of color. What a treat to see this in person.

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  20. That's embroidery?! Amazing and very beautiful.

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  21. Everything about the top photos stunning: subject, color, medium...embroidery!! The other work in the gallery is also wonderful and a feast for the eyes.

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  22. The drunken lady is embroidery? I would love to see a closeup. Amazing.

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  23. They did well to invite your camera....your images and words paint a wonderful scene! And yes, we have been following your weather with concern. Wishing well to our friends down under...

    Happy Aloha to YOU, M' Dear
    from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral
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  24. Wow very beautiful painting. I just love it. Thanks for sharing with us.
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    Thanks.

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  25. Looks like the art at this gallery would spark a few dinner table conversations. That Chinese Embroidery of The Drunken Beauty is a wonderful portrayal of a tragic story. Cheers J.

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  26. What a magnificent display of glorious art! The colours are stunning! But I am totally smitten by the creativity in The Drunken Beauty! (That sounds really odd, but I think you get the idea!)

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  27. Wow! It's not something I'd want to hang in my home, but I appreciate the artistry. And I do like all those bright colors!

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  28. Fabulous works! I would love to visit the place.

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  29. This is utterly gorgeous! And what a story, that they were painted as post-stroke therapy...wish I'd been there to see it in person. Thank you for that injection of beauty on a grey day.

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  30. Embroidery??? Oh wow, I'd love to see that close up! I love the exhibition paintings too—beautiful in many ways.

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  31. That embroidery is magnificent! And the story behind it is fascinating. So much color and excitement in these works of art!

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  32. Lovely paintings! I wonder how long it took to make an embroidery that complex and large.

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  33. Stunning, particularly that embroidery!

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