The opening reception of Finland-China International Contemporary Ink Art Exhibition was successfully held at Red Gallery on 15th December 2018. The exhibition is a diverse and international / intercultural event presenting works of artists from different countries.
The exhibiting artists, Zhang Miao, Yu Cun, Liang Yue and Zhang Du are from China, the artist Maya Zhang is from Canada, the artist Xiao Qing is from France, the artist Chen Sijia is from the US, and the artists Rain Lin, Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen and Mia Waire are from Finland.
Mr. Gao Yuhang, Head of Education Sector, Chinese Embassy in Finland, attended the opening reception. Meanwhile, The event was also covered by Chinese and international media, among others Mr. Li Jizhi, chief correspondent of Xinhua Helsinki Bureau, covered this exhibition and interviewed the exhibiting artists.
FINLAND-CHINA INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY INK ART EXHIBITION
ZHANG MIAO (CHINA)
YU CUN (CHINA)
LIANG YUE (CHINA)
ZHANG DU (CHINA)
MAYA ZHANG (CANADA)
CHEN SIJIA (US)
XIAO QING (FRANCE)
RAIN LIN (FINLAND)
MiIKKO ILMARI HALLIKAINEN (FINLAND )
MIA WAIRE (FINLAND)
15. 12. 2018 — 15. 02. 2019
12:00 - 18:00
Pursimiehenkatu 16, 00150 Helsinki
I am a realist
I only care about myself and about what happens around me
Reality does not exist only in the world we live in
It also exists in my heart
My mind’s reality is often absurd, distorted and abstract
so when I show my inner world out
people may see a strange world
For me, this is a real existence
| Paradise | 40X40 cm | 2018
| Bird in the cage | 40X40 cm | 2018
| Ex Machine | 40X40 cm | 2018
can only be grasped by the mind but not expressed with words
especially from inarticulate people like myself
| Ungainly Freedom | 180 X 97 cm | 2018
|How Many Years | 138 X69 cm | 2018
The artwork is an artist’s way to spread their own experience into place for themselves and for others, always to combine life experiences to find a breakthrough point.
| PORTRAIT | 37X57 cm | 2018
| FIVE AVATARS | 35X70.5 cm | 2018
| PEOPLE WEARING A MASK | 49X34 cm | 2018
All the recognition and expression in my painting “The codification of mental state and liberation of inertial thinking”, is presented through subjective initiative and the ability of logical thinking. My painting is mainly a discussion of personal painting consciousness, using the right hand to draw which is not often used, thus liberating the former work inertia of the left hand. Those uncertain morphological structures get rid of the entanglement of habitual modeling. By then, the painting’s orientation is the disordered and uncertain factor. It may be the way of visual thinking, about my concerns, the way I want to express myself.
| Hello Finland | 138X70 cm | 2018
| XUE DINGE’S CAT | 138X70 cm | 2018
| TOWER | 138X70 cm | 2018
My works are my personal subjective feeling through different time-periods. It all comes from the observation of inner visions of the present world around me. Whether I wish to be carried on wings or describe a scene in real life, between image and reality, reappearances and expressions, I always go back and forth between reality and imagination. Ultimately, a process of expressing one's inner world.
| Maya Zhang | Wings | 2018
| Beyond | 2018
| Passerby | 2018
I like to give myself unlimited freedom in my creation, express my emotion with the most innocent feeling, so that I can completely forget everything, immerse myself into my own world, and be powerful and unconstrained style…
This is my most enjoyable creation status.
| Walking the dog series 1 | 2018
| Walking the dog series 2 | 2018
| Walking the dog series 3 | 2018
This series of artwork refers to elements of abstraction, depicting environments through several interwoven layers. They contain personal narratives through the use of shapes, symbols, and colour fields, which are characterised by a liberal yet focused application of colour and strokes.
| Strike 2 | 2018
| Strike 4 | 2018
| Strike 7 | 2018
My paintings are based on ink, I combine them with western abstract elements. The character of ink’s black-and-white, thick-and-light evokes the scenery of lakes and mountains, the hazy beauty of mist and cloud, like a dream-scene. At the same time, it also pursues musical beauty, a kind of melody and rhythm. I strive to interpret Chinese aesthetics “The great Form is without Shape", hoping to bring endless reverie to the audiences.
| Nuage rouge| 42 X 38 cm | 2004
| Beauté du Soir | 46 X 34 cm | 2005
| Brouillard matinal | 46 X 34 cm | 2004
MIKKO ILMARI HALLIKAINEN
I have been using ink as material since I was a little boy. Its flexibility, characteristic tone and power fascinate me. My themes are often linked to my daily experiences and moods. I see myself as an expressionist composer.
Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen| Snowblind | 30 X 50 cm | 2016
Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen | Death Stand | 70 X 50 cm | 2018
Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen | Gardener of death | 35 X 26 cm | 2018
It was a time when we prayed to the female god. These goddesses protected the home, children, food, love, and justice.
Works of Goddesses is a series of drawings of ancient Egyptian goddesses. The technique I've used ink, paper and cane
Mia Waire | The Queen of heaven II | 2014
Mia Waire | The goddes of death | 2014
Mia Waire | The War Goddess | 2014