Tradition versus Contemporary Techniques.

Posted on 21 June 2010

As with most things in China, tradition coexists quite happily with the new, the contemporary. This was brought home to me by the overglaze painting styles of Miss Lui, my teacher who is a professional decorator in the traditional style and in great demand, and LiChao, the studio manager, who paints in a contemporary expressive way.

Holding a brush in traditional manner

The traditional style of painting requires great control and this is epitimozed by the manner in which the brush is held. The first photo shows Miss Lui teaching me how to hold the brush in the traditional manner. To my amazement, when I learnt to use the brush in the traditional manner, I suddenly mastered the chopsticks. The next shows LiChao’s contemporary brush technique . The following images all show LiChao’ work.

Contemporary brush technique

Contemporary overglaze

Expressive

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